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VOLUME 54 | NUMBER 3 | JUNE 2019


Linkage between Utah All Payers Claims Database and Central Cancer Registry

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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