|Dataset full name:||Area Health Resource File|
|Summary||The AHRF, formally the Area Resource Files (ARF), is a database of information regarding the U.S. health care system and factors that may impact health care and health status in the U.S. The data contains nearly 6,000 variables and is available at the national, state and county levels. It is maintained and annually released by the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). It includes information in eight different general topical areas: Health Care Professions, Health Facilities, Population Characteristics, Economics, Health Professions Training, Hospital Utilization, Hospital Expenditures, and Environment. The AHRF data integrates data from over 50 sources from a number of agencies including the American Medical Association, American Hospital Association, U.S. Census Bureau, CMS, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, and Veteran’s Administration.|
|Key Terms||Health Care Professions, Hospitals and Health Care Facilities, and Census, Population Data and Environment Characteristics|
|Sponsoring Agency/Entity||Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): <br>Health Resources and Services Administration and Quality Resource System (QRS)||Health conditions/Disability measures|
|Disability Measures||NA||Measures/outcomes of interest|
|Topics||Health Care Professions (e.g., Physicians, Nurse, and Rehabilitation professionals), Health Professions Training (e.g., Number of schools to train health professions and graduation rate), Health Facilities (e.g., Acute hospitals, Skilled nursing facilities, Inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and Home Health Agencies); Hospital Utilization (e.g., Length of stay, outpatient visits, procedures, and discharge destination); Hospital Expenditures (e.g., Facilities expenses and Payroll expenditures); County-level demographics (e.g., age, gender, and employment status); Environment and Geographical Codes||Sample|
|Sample Population||Hospitals and health care facilities, Health care professions, Census: environment and population data|
|Unit of Observation||Geographic Area (county, state and national levels)|
|Geographic specificity||County Level||Data Collection|
|Data Collection Mode||Administrative|
|Years Collected||2000-present (historical data can be obtained with limited variables information)|
|Data Collection Frequency||Annual||Strengths and limitations|
|Strengths||Comprehensive information about health providers, training. Ideal for building nested and hierarchical models. Data can be linked with other CMS/non-CMS datasets,|
|Limitations||Documentation and variable information is limited. Aggregated information at county level. Limited usefulness as a stand-alone dataset.||Data details|
|Data Access Requirements||Public Use Dataset|
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