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SC Data Oversight Council

IV. Never Releasable Data

Never releasable data for inpatient hospitalizations, emergency room visits, observation stays, ambulatory surgery, services requiring a Certificate of Need and home health visits may be used for statistical linking purposes only. Never releasable data elements include, but are not limited to, patient social security number (for all encounters), patient name and address for all Mental Health and Alcohol and other Drug Abuse encounters as required by federal law and any other patient identifying information protected from release by federal law. Social Security Number may be released to the entity supplying the data or to the agency responsible for enumerating.