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PSTATE - Patient State postal code
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

PSTATE indicates the two-character state postal code (e.g., "CA" for California) for the patient's residence. If the data source provided the state of the patient's residence, then PSTATE is assigned to the reported state. Otherwise, PSTATE is assigned by mapping the patient's ZIP Code to a state. If the patient's ZIP Code is invalid, then PSTATE is set to invalid.

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
PSTATEPatient State postal codeaaPostal code
BlankMissing
AInvalid
 
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State Specific Notes

Arkansas

In 2018, 4% of the records were assigned to an invalid Patient State/county FIPS code (PSTCO) during processing because the county code or the state was not valid for the corresponding state or county code provided for the record.



Georgia

From 2007 to 2010, PSTCO and PSTCO2 were incorrectly calculated for out-of-state patients. As a result, the state-specific portion of PSTCO and PSTCO2 (the first two characters) was set to "13" indicating Georgia instead of the correct state FIPS code. The county-specific portion of PSTCO and PSTCO2 (the last three characters) retained the out-of-state county code. In rare instances, PSTATE may also be affected and have the state identified as GA when the patient was out-of-state.



North Carolina

From 2007 to 2009, PSTCO and PSTCO2 were incorrectly calculated for out-of-state patients. As a result, the state-specific portion of PSTCO and PSTCO2 (the first two characters) was set to "37" indicating North Carolina instead of the correct state FIPS code. The county-specific portion of PSTCO and PSTCO2 (the last three characters) retained the out-of-state county code. In rare instances, PSTATE may also be affected and have the state identified as NC when the patient was out-of-state.


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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=pstate.
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