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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements
This section describes how HCUP data elements are coded, restrictions on their use, their uniform values, and State-specific coding practices.
 
DHOUR - Discharge hour
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

Discharge hour (DHOUR) is coded in military time (e.g., 2:45 p.m. is represented as 1445). Invalid times are set to invalid (.). No other edit checks are performed on this data element during HCUP processing.

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
DHOURDischarge hourHHMMDischarge hour
.Missing
.AInvalid
 
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State Specific Notes

Florida

Beginning in 2010, Florida provided Discharge Time. This field was used to code DHOUR.



Kansas

Kansas provided the hour of discharge, but not the minutes. During HCUP data processing, the minutes were imputed to be "00".



Nebraska

Prior to 2004, Nebraska provided the hour of discharge, but not the minutes. During HCUP data processing, the minutes were imputed to be "00".



New York

New York source values are 00-23 and 99. During HCUP processing, minutes are set to 00 and the source value 99 is set to missing.


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Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/db/vars/siddistnote.jsp?var=dhour.
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