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Linkage between Utah All Payers Claims Database and Central Cancer Registry.

Garvin JH, Herget KA, Hashibe M, Kirchhoff AC, Hawley CW, Bolton D, Sweeney C. Linkage between Utah All Payers Claims Database and Central Cancer Registry. Health services research. 2019 Jun 1; 54(3):707-713.

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the linkage of claims from the Utah All Payers Claims Database (APCD) and Utah Cancer Registry (UCR). DATA SOURCES: Secondary data from 2013 and 2014 Utah APCD and 2013 UCR cases. STUDY DESIGN: This is a descriptive analysis of the quality of linkage between APCD claims data and cancer registry cases. DATA COLLECTION/EXTRACTION METHODS: We used the LinkPlus software to link Utah APCD and UCR data. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We were able to link 82.4 percent (9441/11 453) of the UCR reportable cancer cases with APCD claims. Of those linked, 66 percent were perfect matches. CONCLUSIONS: The quality of identifiers is high, evidence that claims data can potentially supplement cancer registry data for use in research.

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