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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.
 
U_NEWBN3L - Utilization Flag: Newborn Level III
 
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes
 

This utilization flag is specific newborn level III accommodations which include nursing care for sick neonates, who do not require intensive care, but require six to twelve hours of nursing each day. Level III care will accept infants less than 32 weeks old and weighing less than 3 lb. 5 oz. Depending on the purpose of the analysis, it may be advisable to use Newborn level III in conjunction with the utilization flags for Newborn levels II and IV. The Utilization Flag software creates 30 data elements that reveal additional information about use of health care services. All of the utilization flags use Uniform Billing (UB-04) revenue codes. Ten of the utilization flags use ICD-9-CM procedure codes. Another ten of the utilization flags use the procedure Clinical Classification Software (CCS). The remaining ten utilization flags do not use procedural information. More information on the Utilization Flags is available under Tools & Software on the HCUP-US Web site.

The utilization flag for newborn level III accommodations is assigned using only revenue codes and is not impacted by the switch from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-PCS procedure coding in the fourth quarter of 2015.

 
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Uniform Values
 
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
U_NEWBN3LUtilization Flag: Newborn Level III0Service is not reported on the record
1Service is indicated only by a revenue code
2Service is indicated only by a procedure code or CCS procedure category
3Service is indicated both by a revenue code and procedure code or CCS procedure category.
.AInvalid
 
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State Specific Notes

None

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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=u_newbn3l.
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