Health Care Services Public Use File
This file is designed to analyze the distribution of health care service and procedural information for Minnesota residents. It presents the data in summarized form by age group and 3-digit ZIP code. Health care service information stems from the procedural or revenue codes reported on the medical claim using codes from the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS), and the National Uniform Billing Committee Revenue Codes.
- For example, this file permits identifying that in 2013, there were 120,283 claims for 25 minute outpatient office visits (CPT/HCPCS 99214) among 65,374 children and youth under the age of 18 in West Minneapolis (Zip Code 553), and that the combined spending for patient care related to the visits was about $16 million.
Where the combination of geography, age group and service created cells describing fewer than 11 individuals, the data were rolled up to higher levels of aggregation, consistent with federal data use requirement. In this process, redaction of data occurred first at the geography level and then age grouping. If the rolled up records still described fewer than 11 individuals, they were removed entirely.
Additional redaction occurred, consistent with legislatively established guard rails to prevent identification of providers or health insurance carriers. Generally, records representing fewer than 20 health care providers or fewer than 4 payers were removed.
- Data Dictionary (PDF) containing detailed information on the file, including the data fields included and the method for rolling up records to protect patient identity.
- Derivation of the Health Care Services PUF (PDF)
- Summary Statistics (PDF)
Descriptions of the procedural and revenue codes are not provided in this file. Code references may be obtained at:
For Level I HCPCS (CPT) codes, contact: The American Medical Association (http://www.ama-assn.org/ama)
For Level II HCPCS (non-CPT) codes, contact: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo/index.html)
For Revenue codes, contact: The National Uniform Billing Committee (http://www.nubc.org)
For example analyses based on health care services information, please review MDH’s study on chronic pain procedures in Minnesota: