Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Because of imposed budget reductions, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in 1995 ceased to collect the item indicating whether an autopsy was performed (item 28a reported on the US Standard Certificate of Death) for its national mortality statistical database.1 The NCHS purchases mortality data from the states and pays each state for data based in part on the state's calculated cost of data entry (keystrokes). Thus, eliminating the purchase of specific data items from states is one way to reduce NCHS's expenses.
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