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OS_TIME - Observation stay time summed from UNITS
 
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General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

OS_TIME includes the time under observation services (OS). The time is determined by the unit value reported for revenue center code 762. Uniform Billing (UB-04) billing specifications define revenue center code 762 as "observation hours" with the corresponding field for units to include the number of hours. No other edit checks are performed on this data element during HCUP processing.

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
OS_TIMEObservation stay time summed from UNITShhhHours in observation
.Missing
.CInvalid
 
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State Specific Notes

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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=os_time.
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