To support interested and or new MHDO data users, the Maine Health Data Organization is pleased to release an online training program for Maine’s All Payer Claims Database (APCD). The training is designed in a modular format so that users can review sections most relevant to their needs. New modules will be added over time. This initial release version includes an introductory overview of the All Payer Claims Database (Section 1), a more detailed description of the data included within the APCD and the data request process (Section 2), and a look at how the data are received and loaded for analysis (Section 3). Added in June of 2021 is Section 4 that provides information to increase understanding of the APCD data structure and joining support files, as well as a use case example of how the data can be used to answer analytic questions (Section 4).
This training module was developed by research staff and faculty at the University of Southern Maine as part of a Memorandum of Understanding with MHDO and with funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund to expand Maine’s health data analytic workforce and research capacity and increase professional training activities in health data management and analysis.