Use of Medicare data to identify incident breast cancer cases.
Warren, Joan L
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Hakim, Rosemarie B; McBean, A Marshall; Riley, Gerald F
Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) provide reliable information
about cancer incidence. However, because SEER data are geographically limited and have a 2-year time lag, we evaluated whether
Medicare data could provide timely information on cancer incidence. Comparing Medicare women hospitalized for breast cancer
with women reported to SEER, Medicare data had high specificity (96.6 percent), yet low sensitivity (59.4 percent). We conclude
that Medicare hospitalization data can identify incident cases for cancers that usually require inpatient hospitalization.
For cancers that often only receive outpatient treatment, such as breast cancer, additional Medicare data, such as physician
bills, are needed to understand the entirety of treatment practices.
Aged : Aged, 80 and over : Algorithms : Breast Neoplasms/epidemiology : Female : Health Services Research/methods : Hospitalization/economics
: Human : Incidence : Medicare/utilization : SEER Program : Sensitivity and Specificity : United States/epidemiology