National Cancer Institute
Health Services & Economics Branch
Cancer Control and Population Sciences

SEER-Medicare: Summary Table of Available Medicare Data for Cancer & Non-cancer Cases

Note: Medicare claims prior to 1998 are available only for cases diagnosed with cancer before 2003.

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 1973-2005* N/A
Non-cancer Cases: Summarized Denominator (SUMDENOM) File N/A 1986-2005
Claims Files
Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) 1986-2006 1986-2006
Carrier Claims (old name Physician/supplier (NCH)) 1991-2006 1991-2006
Outpatient (OUTPT) 1991-2006 1991-2006
Home Health Agencies (HHA) 1991-2006 1991-2006
Hospice 1991-2006 1991-2006
Durable Medical Equipment (DME) 1994-2006 1994-2006

* Cancer cases from 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 2000-2003. NCI approval is required to obtain the Hospital data. Investigators must include an explanation of the need for these data in their proposal.

Last modified:
27 Jan 2009
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