Title or Name of APCD System
  • Maryland Health Care Commission Medical Care Data Base (MCDB)
Who Maintains the System
  • Maryland Health Care Commission
Legal Authority
  • Approximately $1 million dollars/year (Contractual funds for ongoing collection $400k/year, plus extramural analytic costs for research; policy analyses $250k/year, plus intramural studies/analytics; system maintenance $250,000/year, plus $100,000 for ov
First Year APCD Collected Data
  • 1998
APCD Snapshot
  • The system in Maryland was set up for policy uses. Transparency applications are limited and physician/provider comparative quality uses are very limited. The APCD is better at supporting system wide comparisons versus quality.
Number of Commercial Sources of Claims Data
  • 35
Sources and Status of APCD Data Collection
Commercial Payers
  • Currently Collected
Third Party Administrators/Self-Funded
  • Currently Collected
  • Currently Collected
  • Currently Collected
  • No VA, self-pay, uninsured, or stand-alone TPA payers.
Types of Data Collected 
Medical Claims
  • Currently Collected
  • Currently Collected
  • Currently Collected
  • DME Excluded; Medical data collection expanding to full in 2011---adding race/ethnicity/language also, pursuing these aggressively; Added pharmaceutical hospital claims data in 2010, from carriers
Primary Users/Uses
  • Analyses of cost, efficiency, system utilization, and currently pushing to enhance geographic/racial difference capabilites.
Future Plans
  • Full eligibility in 2011, adding race/ethnicity/language.
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