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SEER-Medicare: Summary Table of Available Medicare Data for Cancer & Non-cancer Cases (for files available 2012)

Note: Medicare claims prior to 1998 are available only for cases diagnosed with cancer before 2003. Cases diagnosed in 2003 to 2005 have claims from 1998+, cases diagnosed in 2006 and 2007 have claims from 2000+, and cases diagnosed in 2008 and 2009 have claims from 2002+.

File Name Data available for Cancer Cases (see note) Data Available for Non-Cancer Cases (5%)
Entitlement Data
Cancer Cases: Patient Entitlement and Diagnosis Summary File (PEDSF)* Cancer cases diagnosed 1973-2009** N/A
Non-cancer Cases: Summarized Denominator (SUMDENOM) File* N/A 1991-2009
Claims Files
Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) 1991-2010 1991-2010
Carrier Claims (old name Physician/supplier (NCH)) 1991-2010 1991-2010
Outpatient (OUTPT) 1991-2010 1991-2010
Home Health Agencies (HHA) 1991-2010 1991-2010
Hospice 1991-2010 1991-2010
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) 1994-2010 1994-2010
Part D Event (PDE) 2007-2009 2007-2009
* Includes Part D enrollment information from 2006 forward.
** Cancer cases from the expansion registries are diagnosed in 2000 or later.

Hospital files containing hospital characteristics collected by CMS are available free of charge for the years 1996, 1998, and 2000-2009. NCI approval is required to obtain the Hospital data. Investigators must include an explanation of the need for these data in their proposal.

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11 Oct 2012
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