Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) (ICPSR 33982)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP, pronounced "H-CUP") is a family of healthcare databases and related software tools and products developed through a Federal-State-Industry partnership and sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). HCUP databases bring together the data collection efforts of state data organizations, private data organizations, and the federal government to create a national information resource of patient-level health care data. HCUP includes the largest collection of longitudinal hospital care dta in the United States, with all-payer, encounter-level information beginning in 1988. These databases enable research on a broad range of health policy issues, including cost and quality of health services, medical practice patterns, access to health care programs, and outcomes of treatments at the national, state, and local market levels.

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Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    health care access, health care costs, health care delivery, health care facilities, health care services, health policy, health services utilization, medical care

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly (through the link provided) for details on obtaining the data and documentation.