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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.
 
DQTR - Discharge quarter
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

Discharge quarter (DQTR) is derived from either the month of the discharge date or the supplied discharge quarter. If both of those fields are invalid or missing, DQTR is set to zero. For these cases, a temporary discharge quarter = 3 was used for the DRG grouper and ICD-9-CM verification routines because these algorithms require a valid discharge quarter.

For HCUP inpatient data only, a temporary discharge quarter = 3 was used for the DRG grouper and ICD-9-CM verification routines when the discharge quarter was missing or invalid because these algorithms require a valid discharge quarter.

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
DQTRDischarge quarter1First quarter (Jan - Mar)
2Second quarter (Apr - Jun)
3Third quarter (Jul - Sep)
4Fourth quarter (Oct - Dec)
0Missing or invalid
 
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State Specific Notes

Florida

Beginning in 2004, Florida supplied discharge dates for all records. In 1997- 2003, Florida did not supply discharge date. DQTR was assigned from the discharge quarter provided by Florida.


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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=dqtr.
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