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Building a citywide, all-payer, hospital claims database to improve health care delivery in a low-income, urban community.

  • Gross, Kennen
  • Brenner, Jeffrey C
  • Truchil, Aaron
  • Post, Ernest M
  • Riley, Amy Henderson
Published Article
Population health management
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
16 Suppl 1
DOI: 10.1089/pop.2013.0037
PMID: 24070246


Developing data-driven local solutions to address rising health care costs requires valid and reliable local data. Traditionally, local public health agencies have relied on birth, death, and specific disease registry data to guide health care planning, but these data sets provide neither health information across the lifespan nor information on local health care utilization patterns and costs. Insurance claims data collected by local hospitals for administrative purposes can be used to create valuable population health data sets. The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers partnered with the 3 health systems providing emergency and inpatient care within Camden, New Jersey, to create a local population all-payer hospital claims data set. The combined claims data provide unique insights into the health status, health care utilization patterns, and hospital costs on the population level. The cross-systems data set allows for a better understanding of the impact of high utilizers on a community-level health care system. This article presents an introduction to the methods used to develop Camden's hospital claims data set, as well as results showing the population health insights obtained from this unique data set.

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