HCUP e-News: the electronic newsletter of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project

Summer 2019
Issue #59


News and Announcements: Notable news from HCUP
Databases and Products: New database and product releases
Publication Spotlights: Recent works incorporating HCUP data and tools
HCUP Q&A: Answers to your HCUP questions
HCUP Events: Upcoming HCUP conferences and meetings

Missed the last e-News? Read it on the HCUP-User Support (HCUP-US) Web site.

News and Announcements

HCUP Fast Stats Data Update!

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released new inpatient and emergency department (ED) data in HCUP Fast StatsOpioid-Related Hospital Use. Fast Stats provides easy access to the latest HCUP-based statistics for health care information topics using visual statistical displays in stand-alone graphs, trend figures, or simple tables to convey complex information at a glance. The Opioid-Related Hospital Use pathway, previously updated in October 2018, now includes additional 2017 inpatient data (29 States), 2017 ED data (22 States), 2018 inpatient data (15 States), and 2018 ED data (4 States).

For additional information, please refer to the Fast Stats Frequently Asked Questions page or contact HCUP User Support.

What’s New with HCUPnet? 2016 Data Additions!

Nationwide statistics from the 2016 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS) have been added to HCUPnet, the free, online query system that provides instant access to statistics and information based on HCUP databases. Its easy, step-by-step process allows users to explore many health care topics relating to hospital inpatient, ED, and ambulatory settings. Users also may generate tables and graphs on national, regional, and county-level statistics, including hospital readmissions and trends in the United States.

During summer 2019, AHRQ anticipates releasing 2016 data for the Community Level Statistics pathway on HCUPnet. This functionality allows users to generate statistics on hospital stays for counties or regions including those along the US-Mexico border. To check out the updates and start your own query, visit HCUPnet today at https://hcupnet.ahrq.gov/.

Coming Soon: HCUP 10th Annual Outstanding Article of the Year Award Winners

The recipients of the 10th annual HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year (AOTY) Award will be announced June 3, 2019, during a special session on HCUP at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM). Each year, AHRQ recognizes researchers who used HCUP databases to explore and address health care research topics and issues and published their findings in peer-reviewed journals. Honored work demonstrates how HCUP data has contributed to these investigations. Attendees of the session will be eligible to win a free HCUP nationwide database. Details about the time and title of the presentation can be found in the HCUP Events section of this newsletter.

Users can find a list of prior recipients on the HCUP Outstanding AOTY Award Archive Page and can learn about the selection process by visiting the Award Home Page on the HCUP-US Web site.

Learn About HCUP at the September 11 and 18 User Webinars

On September 11, a Webinar titled Overview of the HCUP Databases will provide an introduction to the HCUP family of databases. On September 18, a second Webinar, Overview of the HCUP Products and Tools, will cover the use of HCUP software tools and supplemental files to facilitate and augment research.

The Webinars will be open to the public at no charge. Each will require separate advance registration. Registration information and Webinar descriptions will be available in August on the HCUP Workshops and Webinars page.

Save the Date: HCUP Data Users' Workshop on September 24

On September 24, AHRQ will sponsor a full-day, intermediate-level HCUP data users’ workshop at its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. This workshop will teach health services researchers and analysts how to use or improve their use of HCUP databases and products within the context of the opioid and substance use topic.

The workshop will be open to the public at no charge, but space will be limited. Registration information and the workshop description will be available later this summer on the HCUP Workshops and Webinars page.

Databases and Products

Recently Released: 2017 State Databases

Since March 2019, the following State Databases have been released: