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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements

HOSP_NPI - Hospital National Provider Identifier (NPI)
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes

If the HCUP Partner provides both a state-specific hospital identifier and the National Provider Identifier (NPI) for the facility, then the HCUP variable DSHOSPID contains the state-specific hospital identifier and the variable HOSP_NPI contains the NPI. If the HCUP Partner provides the NPI as their only hospital identifier, then the NPI is retained in DSHOSPID and not stored in HOSP_NPI. The state-specific hospital identifier is preferred for DSHOSPID because it is compatible with back years of HCUP data.

Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
HOSP_NPIHospital National Provider Identifier (NPI)10(n)National Provider Identifier (NPI)
State Specific Notes


HOSP_NPI includes the facility identifier used during data collection. It is usually NPI for the facility, but some facilities have been assigned a "pseudo" NPI.


HOSP_NPI is not provided in the 2011 source files for Nevada.

New York

Beginning in 2017, New York provides the National Provider Identifier (NPI). New York does not limit this field to facility identifiers and may contain physicians and other licensed health care professionals.


Internet Citation: HCUP Central Distributor SID Description of Data Elements - All States. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). May 2024. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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