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COVID-19 Hospital Data from the National Hospital Care Survey

Metadata Updated: September 19, 2023

The National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS) collects data on patient care in hospital-based settings to describe patterns of health care delivery and utilization in the United States. Settings currently include inpatient and emergency departments (ED). Additionally, the NHCS contributes data that may inform public health emergencies as the survey is designed to capture emerging diseases and viruses that require hospitalizations, including COVID-19 encounters. The 2020 - 2023 NHCS are not yet fully operational so it is important to note that these data are not nationally representative.

The data are from 25 hospitals submitting inpatient and 25 hospitals submitting ED Uniform Bill (UB)-04 administrative claims from March 18, 2020-May 23, 2023. Even though the data are not nationally representative, they can provide insight on the impact of COVID-19 on various types of hospitals throughout the country. This information is not available in other hospital reporting systems. The NHCS data from these hospitals can show results by a combination of indicators related to COVID-19, such as length of inpatient stay, in-hospital mortality, comorbidities, and intubation or ventilator use. NHCS data allow for reporting on patient conditions and treatments within the hospital over time.

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Metadata Created Date March 16, 2021
Metadata Updated Date September 19, 2023
Data Update Frequency R/P2M

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Metadata Created Date March 16, 2021
Metadata Updated Date September 19, 2023
Publisher Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Data First Published 2020-12-15
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2023-09-18
Category NCHS
Public Access Level public
Data Update Frequency R/P2M
Bureau Code 009:20
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Temporal 2020-03-18/2023-05-23

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