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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.
 
HospitalUnit - Indicator that patient was discharged from a special unit within an acute care hospital (reported by source)
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General 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).

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
HospitalUnitIndicator that patient was discharged from a special unit within an acute care hospital (reported by source) n(n)State specific coding - See the "State Specific Notes" section for details
 
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State Specific Notes

California

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:

Value Description
0= Type of unit unknown
1= General acute care
2= Not a valid code
3= Skilled nursing and intermediate care (long term care)
4= Psychiatric care
5= Alcohol/chemical dependency recovery treatment
6= Acute physical medicine rehabilitation care.

California hospitals were required to assign type of care codes to individual records for certain discharges.

These discharges included:

  • general acute care (value = 1),
  • skilled nursing and intermediate care (value = 3), and
  • rehabilitation care (value = 6).

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.



Florida
Source Value Description
1 Inpatient/Long-Term Care/Short and Long
2 Comprehensive Rehabilitation


Iowa
Source Value Source Description
1= Acute medical/surgical unit (non-PPS exempt)
2= Medical rehabilitation unit
3= Alternate Level of care (SNF/Swing Bed Skilled)
4= Behavior Health Unit (Protect Health Information) - Beginning 7/1/16 no longer restricted


Kansas
Value Description
1 Acute medical/surgical unit (non-PPS exempt)
2 Psychiatric unit or facility (needs to have Medicare ID number)
3 Medical rehabilitation unit or facility (needs to have Medicare ID number)
4 Alternate level of care (SNF/ICF/Other LTC/Hospice/Subacute/Swing-Bed)
5 Alcohol rehabilitation unit or facility (needs to have Medicare ID number)
6 Drug rehabilitation unit or facility (needs to have Medicare ID number)
7 ER (Valid until 07/10)
7 Other Inpatient
9 Unknown
Blank Missing


Maryland

In Maryland, HospitalUnit is coded as follows:

Value Description
1 Medicine
2 Surgery
3 Obstetrics
4 Newborn
5 Pediatric
6 Psychiatric
7 Other
8 Rehabilitation
10 Chronic (Effective prior to 07/01/2013 and after 01/01/2016)
09, 99, . Missing
.A Invalid


Mississippi

In Missouri, HospitalUnit is coded as follows:

Source Value Source Description
1 Acute Inpatient/Medical Rehabilitation Unit/ Behavioral Health
2 Skilled Nursing Care/ Skilled Swing Bed


Oregon

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:

  1. Acute medical - Bill Type 0111
  2. Medical rehabilitation Inpatients - Bill Type 0151
  3. Skilled Nursing Facility or Swing Bed Patients - Bill Types 0181 or 0211
  4. Behavior Health Patients - Bill Type 0171


South Dakota

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. :

  1. Acute medical
  2. Medical rehabilitation Inpatients
  3. Skilled Nursing Facility or Swing Bed Patients
  4. Behavior Health Patients


Washington

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:

Source Value HCUP Value
Value Description Value Description
P Psychiatric Unit 1 Psychiatric Unit
R Rehabilitation Unit 2 Rehabilitation Unit
S Swing Bed Unit 3 Swing Bed Unit
E Extended Care Unit 4 Extended Care Unit
Missing No unit specified . Missing
  Any undocumented values .A Invalid

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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=hospitalunit.
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