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New HCUP 2016 Nationwide Ambulatory Surgery Sample (NASS) Released

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The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) announced the release of a new nationwide database, the Nationwide Ambulatory Surgery Sample (NASS). The NASS is the largest all-payer database of ambulatory surgery encounters in the United States.

Constructed from the State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Databases (SASD), the 2016 NASS tracks information about ambulatory surgery encounters in hospital-owned facilities across the country and provides information on patient characteristics, clinical diagnostic and surgical procedure codes, total charges and expected source of payment, and facility characteristics.

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