All-Payer Claims Database portal in USHIK

The latest USHIK release includes the All-Payer Claims Database (APCD) Portal.  All-Payer Claims Databases are utilized at the state and regional levels to collect information on disease incidence, treatment costs, and health outcomes.  This information can be leveraged to facilitate research, inform policy decisions, and support the implementation of state and local government initiatives.  The metadata in USHIK provides payers, researchers, and other stakeholders with detailed specifications for this data on a state-by-state basis for many of the states with APCD programs, including:

  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont

Note that no patient data is contained in USHIK. Rather, USHIK contains only the metadata that supports the submission and collection of all-payer claims data state-by-state.  APCD data element metadata is added to USHIK as additional states develop their APCD databases.  The functionality of the new USHIK APCD portal includes:

  • A map-based information model that allows selection of states for analysis and comparisons
  • Analysis and search tools that support rapid location and breakdown of state-by-state metadata
  • Comparison tools that permit the user to visually align and compare similar data elements and their metadata from multiple states; this feature aids harmonization and mapping activities

These tools are extremely valuable to anyone interested in developing APCD standards, performing APCD-based research across states, or supporting harmonization and convergence of these specifications. 

USHIK can be found at http://ushik.ahrq.gov .  USHIK’s APCD portal can be found at:  http://ushik.ahrq.gov/apcd.

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