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The HCUP FAQs provide answers to commonly asked questions about HCUP databases, software tools, supplemental files, and other products.

HCUP Databases
The HCUP Databases page provides detailed database overviews, information on obtaining the databases, and additional resources and documentation to assist you in using the databases. Visit the Purchase HCUP Data page for additional information on obtaining HCUP databases.

HCUP Publishing Requirements
For information on publishing with HCUP data, please review the HCUP publishing requirements.

HCUP Virtual Exhibit Booth
The HCUP Virtual Exhibit Booth provides educational overview materials typically offered for conference attendees at HCUP informational booths.

HCUP Index
To search for an HCUP topic, please review the Index.
HCUP Overview Course
To learn more about HCUP, take the interactive, modular HCUP Overview Course (approximately 90 minutes) that provides information about HCUP data, software tools, and products. The course covers the features, capabilities, and potential uses of HCUP resources.

HCUP Data Use Agreement Training Tool
All purchasers and users of HCUP data must complete the HCUP Data Use Agreement (DUA) Training Course (approximately 15 minutes) and sign an HCUP DUA before using the data. The DUA is a legally binding agreement with AHRQ that defines how you can use HCUP data.

HCUP Online Tutorial Series
To learn more about concepts essential to conducting effective research with HCUP, refer to the interactive, modular HCUP Online Tutorial Series. The courses are designed to answer technical questions you may have related to HCUP data and products.

Checklist for Working With HCUP Databases
The Checklist for Working With the NIS reviews best practices and solutions for common errors. Many of the principles and resources also apply to other HCUP databases.
For Technical Support
If you have questions or need help, please contact us:
  • E-mail:
  • Phone: 866-290-HCUP (4287) (toll free)
  • International users, please contact us by e-mail
Staff reviews messages daily and responds to inquiries within 3 business days.

Media Inquiries
For media-related questions, please contact:

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Internet Citation: HCUP Technical Assistance. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). March 2021. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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