State Data Spotlight: Maine’s Health Care Claims Database
This State Data Spotlight describes how Maine’s all-payer claims database (ACPD) has been a useful example for states looking to create their own claims databases.
All-payer claims databases are emerging as a vital source of information for states implementing health reforms. Thirteen states currently operate APCDs and collect data on health care utilization and costs that can be used to inform consumers, researchers, policymakers and health industry stakeholders. These APCDs exist in various forms with different functionalities, but the state of Maine has been a useful example for states looking to create their own claims databases.
The State Data Spotlight is a SHADAC series highlighting states’ unique data tools, datasets, and uses of existing data systems. The series aims to provide information and insight on methods that can be applied in other states. May 2011