FAQ

Please see the most commonly asked questions below.  If your question isn’t answered here, please contact us and we will be happy to provide assistance.

 

What kind of data do you have?

We have two main databases: The Healthcare Facility Database contains encounter and discharge data from licensed hospitals, emergency rooms and ambulatory surgery centers. The All Payer Claims Database contains data on adjudicated claims for more than 90% of Utah’s non-Medicare population. We also have information abouthealth plan quality and customer satisfaction ratings.

 

Could you be more specific about the data that you have?

Healthcare Facility Database:

 All licensed ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals, and emergency departments in Utah submit encounter data to the healthcare facility database. This includes billing, medical, and personal information. To learn more, please see view the data use manuals.

APCD:

Currently, the Utah APCD has claims information from roughly 80% of Utahns. It includes all of the plans in commercial markets that have over 2,500 beneficiaries. This means fully and self-insured employers, third party administrators, pharmacy benefit managers and dental insurers. It includes ACA plans and Medicaid. We do not have complete data for Medicare at this time.  The database contains information about diagnosis, procedures, costs, payment, patient demographics and more. To learn more, please see view the data use manuals.

HEDIS:

The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is comprised of nationally recognized performance measures used in monitoring the quality of care provided by health plans. OHCS produces an annual report detailing the quality and performance of Utah plans compared to their national counterparts and state averages.

CAHPS:

Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems is an annual survey detailing how consumers rated aspects of their health plan. Raw survey answers are available as well as an annual report comparing plans. 

 

How far back does the data go?

Our oldest data set is hospital inpatient data (1992). Ambulatory and Emergency Department data is available from 1996. APCD data is available from 2013.

 

How can I get data?

If you are interested in using our data to answer your question, you should fill out the  data request form .  If we approve your request, we will make arrangements to send the data to you.  This is usually done by delivering the dataset to you on a secure media disc.

 

How can I get data for free?

The Department of Health offers free use of query tools to explore our data. We also have free information products. Besides these valuable services, there is a charge for using the data to help offset the cost of collecting and producing the data.

We do provide discounts to our data contributors and non-profit or educational institutions. Our pricing guide will help you see what your data will cost. {link}

 

How long until I get the data?

Once you have submitted a data request form, it can take anywhere from a week to two months to get the data shipped. The time for approval is largely determined by the type of data you are requesting. Requests for de-identified data sets can be approved more quickly than requests for identified data sets. Requests for sensitive data may require review by committees that meet only once a month.

 

What are the system requirements to use the data?

Some of the full data sets are huge. For example, to use the full APCD database, you would need a dedicated server with at least a terabyte of encrypted storage. Having said that, some of our standard and custom data sets are much smaller and can fit on a DVD and be analyzed on a personal computer. We also have the ability to customize any data set to fit your analytic needs. We can send a file in almost any common file type – Excel, SPSS, CSV, SAS, etc.

 

How often does the data get updated?

All of the data is updated at least annually. We are constantly working toward more frequent delivery of the data and shorter processing times.

 

How has the data been used in the past?

Our data is used by healthcare providers, healthcare carriers, policy makers, and public health researchers to answer hundreds of questions about healthcare cost, quality and utilization by different populations.