Texas Health Care Information Collection
Center for Health Statistics
In accordance with Health and Safety Code, Section 108.012(b),"the council (department) may charge a person requesting public use or provider quality data a fee for the data. The fees may reflect the quantity of information provided and the expense incurred by the council in collecting and providing the data and shall be set at a level that will raise revenue sufficient for the operation of the council (department's program). The council (department) may not charge a fee for providing public use data to another Texas state agency. Chapter 108 may be viewed by clicking here.
The Texas Outpatient Public Use Data File (PUDF) contains data on outpatient surgical and radiological procedures from Texas hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The PUDF has been released through fourth quarter 2013.
Purchasing the PUDF requires a completed Order Form and a signed Data Use Agreement available below.
Information on the data fields is included in the Data Dictionary, 2013 and information on the facilities reporting data is included in the Reporting Status, 2013 available below.
The data files for data released include 123 data fields in a base data file, 141 data fields in a classifications data file, 13 data fields in a detailed charges file, and 27 data fields in a facility type code file.
The 2013 PUDF contains data on outpatient surgical and radiological procedures and includes:
Outpatient PUDF First Quarter 2012 Data
|First quarter, 810 facilities
||Base data: 2,907,772 records
||Charges data: 20,422,878 records
|Second quarter, 811 facilities
||Base data: 3,053,616 records
||Charges data: 22,010,017 records
|Third quarter, 816 facilities
||Base data: 3,070,360 records
||Charges data: 21,894,963 records
|Fourth quarter, 827 facilities
||Base data: 3,100,733 records
||Charges data: 21,988,111 records
Data Dictionary (PDF format):
Reporting Status (PDF format)
Statistics on outpatient events (Excel format)
Comments submitted by facilities about their data. (PDF format)
Free Data Download
The Public Use Data File (PUDF) for 2009, in fixed-length format, is available for free download.
An update has been released for “ Data Dictionary 2011”. On page 3, the third quarter 2011 outpatient charges file has 16,635,500 records instead of 16,635,400 records.
Outpatient Data Dictionary Update, 4Q2011
An update has been released for the third quarter 2010 outpatient charges file. The record identified in the update does not include a charge and should be deleted from your copy of the Quarter 3 2010 Outpatient Public Use Data File (PUDF).
An update has been released for the second quarter 2010 outpatient charges file. The records identified in the update do not include charges and should be deleted from your copy of the Quarter 2 2010 Outpatient Public Use Data File (PUDF).
- Second quarter, 2010 - Update in Excel format
An update has been released for the first quarter 2010 outpatient charges file. The records identified in the update are all duplicates and should be deleted from your copy of the Quarter 1 2010 Outpatient Public Use Data File (PUDF).
The list of organizations includes a variety of organizations that use the data for analysis. The listing includes recipients from 2003 through December 31, 2013. This list is updated annually. (January 23, 2014)
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