Release Date: October 20, 2021

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Cost to Charge Ratio (CCR) Files for the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) are now available. HCUP CCR Files are hospital-level files designed to supplement the data elements in HCUP inpatient and emergency department (ED) databases.

The HCUP NEDS CCR Files can be used to estimate the cost of resource use for ED visits based on the reported total charge and the cost-to-charge ratios provided in the supplemental files. Costs reflect the actual expenses incurred in the production of hospital services, such as wages, supplies, and utility costs. Hospital charges reflect the amount the hospital billed for the entire ED visit and do not include professional (physician) fees, how much hospital services cost, or the specific amounts that hospitals received in payment. For some analyses, users may be interested in estimating how hospital charges translate into actual costs. The HCUP CCR for ED Files enable this conversion.

The 2012-2019 NEDS CCR Files can be access through the HCUP Central Distributor. Additional information is located on the HCUP Cost-to-Charge Ratio (CCR) Files homepage.

Internet Citation: AHRQ releases Cost-to-Charge Ratio (CCR) Files for the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) (October 2021) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). October 2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/news/announcements/ccr_neds2019.jsp.
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