Using State and Federal Claims Data to Evaluate the Patterns and Costs of Cancer Care

  • Christopher E. Desch
  • Lynne T. Penberthy
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 97)


Not very long ago, the only codified data that resulted from a clinical encounter was a bill. The remainder of the transaction between a doctor and patient was a typed or handwritten note filed away until the next visit. Burrowing into the files to retrieve enough clinical data to permit a sophisticated outcomes analysis cost considerable time and energy relegating most of these efforts to research centers. Furthermore, the only routine reports at the population level were incidence and mortality data.


Radical Prostatectomy Claim Data Diagnostic Code Medicare Payment Community Clinical Oncology Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher E. Desch
    • 1
  • Lynne T. Penberthy
    • 1
  1. 1.Massey Cancer CenterRichmond

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