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Requests for Data and Reports

Public Use Data Sets

Data collected by the Office of Health Policy (OHP) pursuant to 900 KAR 7:030 - Data Reporting by health care providers, may be distributed to the public as long as a patient confidentially and further protection of personal identifying information is maintained. 

Release of public use data sets is governed by 900 KAR 7:040. OHP collects both inpatient hosptial discharge and outpatient services data (which includes emergency department data). To make this data available to the public while protecting patient personal identifying information, OHP has created public use data sets. Data sets are available for inpatient hospital discharges  and outpatient services for the years listed below. 

Prior to receipt of a public use data set, the purchaser/receiver must sign an Agreement for Use of Kentucky Health Claims Data and complete a Request to Purchase Kentucky Public Use Data Sets.

Prepare remittance payable to Kentucky State Treasurer and mail all three to:

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Office of Health Policy
275 E. Main St., 4W-E
Frankfort, KY 40621-001. 

Upon recipt of signed forms and remittance, OHP will mail the public use data set(s) within one week. The price for each data set is $8. 

Please contact Sheena Eckley at (502) 564-9592 with any questions about ordering the data.  Please contact Allison Lile at (502) 564-7940 for further information about the public use data sets.

Each year's public use data set includes all the data for the specified time period and, once created, it is not updated. Partial-year data sets are not created. Each data set includes a file layout and translation table to assist in data analysis. Below you will find those file layouts available to download as well as the number of cases for each yearly data set.

Discharge Year      Inpatient Cases      Outpatient Cases     
2000 537,433 504,744
2001 600,469 616,119
2002 622,498 678,152
2003 632,041 702,649
2004 636,199 727,252
2005 644,316 782,493
2006 651,035 804,759
2007 640,215 769,952
2008 650,127 3,636,558*
2009 654,663 3,629,240
2010 638,292 3,651,692
2011 634,750 3,740,745
2012 623,548** 3,870,216**
2013 594,723 4,436,227

* The Office of Health Policy started collecting emergency department and non-hospital outpatient (specified CPT codes in addition to ambulatory surgery or mammogram) data Jan. 1, 2008.

** March 20, 2014: A significant amount of corrected and missing data was submitted to the Office of Health Policy in March 2014 for 2012 inpatient and outpatient records. A new public use data set was created for each of these data sets. 

2000 to 2006 Public Use Data File Layout

2007 Public Use Data File Layout

2008 - 2013 Public Use Data File Layout

Request Data Analysis and Reports

In addition to the release of public use data sets, the Office of Health Policy also responds to requests for data analysis and reports. To receive analysis or reports please complete a Data Request Form and submit via email to Allison Lile. OHP usually supplies completed analysis or reports within two weeks of receipt of requests. If you wish to discuss the types of analysis or report provided by OHP you may contant Allison Lile at (502) 564-7940.

Discharge Year     Inpatient Cases*     Outpatient Cases*    
2000 537,433 504,744
2001 600,469 615,949
2002 622,498 677,935
2003 632,041 702,618
2004 636,199 727,252
2005 644,316 782,493
2006 651,072 804,759
2007 648,455 778,580
2008 648,738 3,586,079**
2009 652,039 3,627,793
2010 637,469 3,644,977
2011 635,234 3,752,504
2012 623,548 3,870,216
2013 594,723 4,436,227

* Note: Number of records available for analysis may differ from those in public use data sets due to late loads and changes made by facilities after PUD sets are created.

** Jan. 1, 2008: The Office of Health Policy started collecting Emergency Department and non-Hospital Outpatient (specified CPT codes in addition to ambulatory surgery or mammogram) data.

The data for 2000 - 2007 was collected using the data elements found in the UB 92 medical billing format for each discharge. In 2008, we transitioned to data collected using the 837 medical billing format. This included the following changes:

  • Increased from nine to 25 possible diagnoses codes.
  • Present on admission (POA) was collected for the 25 possible diagnoses, where applicable.
  • Increased from nine to 25 possible procedure codes.
  • Patient race and ethnicity was collected.
  • Began collecting emergency department data.
  • Began collecting outpatient services in addition to ambulatory surgery and mammograms (based on specific CPT codes).


Last Updated 3/10/2015
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