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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.
 
Homeless - Indicator that patient is homeless
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

Homeless (Homeless) is retained as reported by data with two exceptions. Any source-specific value for "unknown" is recoded to missing (.), and invalid characters such as negative values are set to invalid (.A).

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
HomelessIndicator that patient is homeless0Not identified as homeless
1Homeless
.Missing
.AInvalid
 
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State Specific Notes

Nevada

Beginning in 2011, source does not provide homeless zip value that indicates homeless status.



New Jersey

The condition code "17" indicates that the patient is homeless and is used to populate the HOMELESS field.



New York

New York uses the condition code "17" to indicate that the patient is homeless and is used to populate the HOMELESS field. Patient discharges to a shelter are also categorized as HOMELESS.

New York
Value Description Value Description
H Homeless 1 Homeless
-- -- 0 Not identified as homeless
(blank), F Non-United States Resident (Foreign Born) . Missing
(other) Any undocumented value .A Invalid


Utah

Utah does not differentiate between records with a missing value for homeless and records not identified as homeless. Any record not identified as homeless is coded as missing in the source data.



Wisconsin

Wisconsin does not differentiate between records with a missing value for homeless and records not identified as homeless. Any record not identified as homeless is coded as missing in the source data.


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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=homeless.
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