DataByte: Major Depressive Disorder

According to the American Psychiatric Association, major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, think, and act.1 Symptoms of major depressive disorder include, but are not limited to, feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, sleep disorders, thoughts of suicide, feeling worthless or guilty, loss of energy or fatigue, and changes in appetite (weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting). This DataByte examines claim rates and allowed amounts for January 2019-April 2021 where major depressive disorder was the first-, second-, or third-listed diagnosis (ICD-10 code F33), using the Utah All Payers Claims Database.

DataByte: Childhood Immunization – Lower Vaccination Claim Rates in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [1], pediatric vaccine orders and administration saw a significant decline at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Given the pandemic continued beyond a year, the Utah Department of Health Office of Health Care Statistics sought to examine the current trend of insurance claims for this standard preventive health practice in our state.  

DataByte: A Look at Emergency Department Visits for Migraine in Utah’s Urban, Rural, and Frontier Areas

Every 10 seconds, someone in the U.S. goes to the emergency room complaining of head pain, and approximately 1.2 million visits are for acute migraine attacks. In Utah, there has been a slight decrease in the number of people visiting the ED for a first-listed diagnosis of migraine over the past four years. The Utah ED visit rate per 100,000 population for first-listed diagnosis of migraine is highest in frontier areas (428.9), followed by rural (300.0) then urban (242.2) for 2016–2019.