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NEDS Description of Data Elements

TOTCHG_ED - Total charge for ED services
Documentation Sections:
General Notes
Uniform Values
State Specific Notes
General Notes

TOTCHG_ED contains the edited total charge for emergency department services. Editing includes the following:

  • Values are rounded to the nearest dollar;
  • Zero charges are set to missing (.);
  • If ED charges are excessively low or high, then TOTCHG_ED is set to inconsistent (.C). The allowable values for ED charges vary by year: between $25 and $50,000 in 2006; between $100 and $75,000 in 2007 to 2010; and between $100 and $950,000 beginning in 2011 data.

Not all HCUP data sources provide ED charge information. TOTCHG_ED is assigned as follows:

  • If the NEDS record is from the SEDD (HCUPFILE="SEDD"), then TOTCHG_ED is equal to the total charge (TOTCHG) on the SEDD record.
  • If the NEDS record is from the SID (HCUPFILE="SID"), then TOTCHG_ED is either the sum of detailed charges to the ED revenue centers 450-459 or is the reported total charge for ED services.
Uniform Values
VariableDescriptionValueValue Description
TOTCHG_EDTotal charge for ED services100 and above (starting in 2007)Total ED charges, rounded
State Specific Notes

Internet Citation: HCUP NEDS Description of Data Elements. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). May 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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