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What is HCUP

The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP, pronounced "H-cup") is a family of health care databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal State industry partnership and sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. HCUP is based on statewide data collected by individual data organizations across the United States and provided to AHRQ through the HCUP partnership. HCUP would not be possible without statewide data collection projects. HCUP includes the largest collection of longitudinal hospital care data in the United States, encompassing all-payer, discharge-level information.

HCUP data are used for research on hospital utilization, access, charges, quality, and outcomes. The data are used to describe patterns of care for uncommon as well as common diseases; to analyze hospital procedures, including those that are performed infrequently; and to study the care of population sub-groups such as minorities, children, women, and uninsured people. Researchers and policymakers use HCUP data to identify, track, analyze, and compare hospital statistics at the national, regional, and State levels.

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