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Term: Hip Fracture

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2010-10-05


A break or rupture in the cortex of bone the femur bone (typically the top part where it connects to the pelvis). The most common types are: femoral neck fractures, intertrochanteric fractures and subtrochanteric fractures. See MedlinePlus® - Health Topics - Hip Injuries and Disorders for more information.

Hip fracture has been defined differently in MCHP studies. One method defines hip fracture using ICD-9-CM codes 820.0-820.3, 820.8-820.9. In more recent research (Doupe et al., 2006), hip fracture is identified as one of six diagnostic quality indicators (QIs). Events of hip fractures were counted using the ICD-9-CM codes 820 (fracture of the neck of the femur) and 821 (fracture of other and unspecified parts of the femur) in both the medical services/physician claims data and the hospital discharge abstracts data. These diagnostic codes were counted only if select tariff codes (0865, 0868, 0870, 0872, 0874, denoting a reduction of the hip or a prosthetic replacement) were also reported within a two-week period of the hip fracture diagnostic claim.

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