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Central Distributor SID: Description of Data Elements

RATE - Line Item Rate as Received from Source
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes

The daily rate (RATE) is retained as provided by the data source. Zero values are retained and NOT set to missing (.). Negative values are set to invalid (.A).

RATE is contained in a line item charge detail file. This file will contain multiple observations in the file with the same revenue code (REVCODE) for a discharge record. To identify the total charge and units of service to specific revenue centers, the line item charge (CHARGE) and unit detail (UNITS) for a discharge should be summarized by revenue code (REVCODE) and the HCUP variable KEY which uniquely identifies a discharge. KEY can also be used to merge the detail charge information onto the discharge record in the Core file.

Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
RATELine Item Rate as Received from Source4(n).nnDollars
State Specific Notes


The RATE values provided by the Partner organization for the 2013-2015 SID were very different from the RATE values provided by the Partner organization for the 2012 and earlier SID. Please use with caution.


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.
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