WV Healthcare Authority

Health IQ
Inpatient Discharge Data
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The West Virginia Health Care Authority collects patient discharge information on all patients discharged from West Virginia general acute care, psychiatric and medical rehabilitation hospitals. To facilitate the collection of a uniform dataset and to minimize the reporting burden on the hospitals, the primary source document for the information is the Uniform Bill (UB) claim form used by hospitals to bill payors. Hospitals are required to submit copies of the UB claim for every patient discharged, regardless of the expected source of payment. Thus the database is then limited for consideration to patient confidentialty. The Authority is required to preserve the confidentiality of individual patient information by both state and federal regulations. At the same time, the Authority recognizes the usefulness of this database for health care planning and analysis, and wishes to make its data available in as much detail as possible while safeguarding patient confidentiality.

The Inpatient hospital discharge database provides important opportunities for individuals and organizations who analyze and make decisions about health care. When data users could benefit from more specific information, special compilations can be tailored to meet their precise information needs.