|HospitalUnit - Indicator that patient was discharged from a special unit within an acute care hospital (reported by source)|
|State Specific Notes|
HospitalUnit (HospitalUnit) is retained as reported by data source 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).
|State Specific Notes|
For HCUP data from 1999 to 2005, this data element is called LEVELCARE. Beginning in 2006, this data element is called HOSPITALUNIT.:
Prior to 1998, the information on the level of care was contained in the first digit of the California hospital identifier (DSHOSPID).
The values of HOSPITALUNIT are defined as follows:
California hospitals were required to assign type of care codes to individual records for certain discharges.
These discharges included:
For discharges from facilities licensed as psychiatric care (value = 4) or alcohol/chemical dependency recovery treatment (value = 5), California assigns the type of care code to all discharges from the facility.
In Maryland, HospitalUnit is coded as follows:
In Mississippi, HospitalUnit is coded as follows:
Oregon provides HCUP with an Inpatient Service Code which has been loaded into the HCUP variable HospitalUnit. The source values were retained and are defined as follows:
South Dakota provides HCUP with a Place of Service code which has been loaded into the HCUP variable HospitalUnit. The source values were retained and are defined as follows. :
Prior to 2006, the information on the level of care was contained in the fourth character of the Washington hospital identifier (DSHOSPID). Beginning with 2006 data, this information was recoded into the variable HOSPITALUNIT as follows:
|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=hospitalunit.|
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