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Internal Data Source: Census Public Use Micro Dataset

The AUA Census datasets for 2014 and 2015 contain more than 100 variables and includes demographic, education, geographic, practice, and occupational information from a sample of over 2000 respondents representing over 10,000 practicing urologists in the United States.

The Census datasets are available for purchase for both members and non-members. Overviews of the Census Results are publicly available as well.


External Data Sources

AUA offers data services utilizing a variety of major national health care databases. Our staff has experience with integrate external data into an usable form to support research. Email our experts at dataservices@AUAnet.org to learn more.

Note: Researchers should consult each organization for terms of use for these and any other datasets.

Data Set Description
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) claims data (5% of beneficiaries) The carrier file (also known as the Physician/Supplier Part B claims file) contains final action fee-for-service claims submitted on CMS-1500 claim forms. The file includes beneficiary demographic data, diagnosis and procedure codes, reimbursement amounts and provider numbers.
National Provider Identifiers (NPI) A database of registered healthcare providers (e.g., physicians, suppliers, hospitals, and others) in the United States. NPI numbers are unique and identifiable for each provider.
Physician Compare The Physician Compare national downloadable file includes demographic information and Medicare individual-level quality program participation data for physicians and other healthcare professionals currently enrolled in Medicare. Additionally, other datasets provide measure performance rates for four Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and one coronary artery disease (CCAD) quality measures.
American Board of Urology certification file The ABU data contains information on the date and location of certification and recertification for all urology board-certified providers in the United States.
American Medical Association master file for urology The AMA data contains workforce information about active physicians and physicians in training in urology. This is a portion of the U.S. physician workforce data collected by the Center for Workforce Studies at AMA. Includes data on practice setting and location.
Health Resources and Services Administration — Area Health Resource File The Area Health Resources Files (AHRF) is comprised of health workforce data drawn from more than 50 sources. AHRF products include databases with health workforce data at the county, state and national levels; mapping tools; and health resources comparison tools.
AUA Annual Census data The AUA Census is the definitive source of data about the urology community. The survey provides comprehensive information about practice settings; experiences with EMR adoption and quality reporting; adherence to clinical guidelines; and provider demographics, education, and training. Census samples are weighted to represent the entire urology specialty and can be analyzed through multivariable statistical modeling.
National Cancer Institute — SEER The Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program is a coordinated system of population-based cancer registries strategically located across the United States. The registries monitor cancer trends and provide data on cancer incidence, the extent of disease at diagnosis, therapy and patient survival. SEER data covers 1973 through 2011.
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is a collection of administrative, longitudinal databases that contain encounter-level information on inpatient stays, emergency department visits and ambulatory care in the United States. The databases enable research on a broad range of health policy issues, including utilization, access, charges, quality and outcomes at the national, state, and local market levels.
Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Inpatient

The data includes hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges, paid under Medicare based on a rate per discharge using the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 and 2012. These DRGs represent more than 7 million discharges or 60 percent of total Medicare IPPS discharges.

For these DRGs, average charges, average total payments, and average Medicare payments are calculated at the individual hospital level. Users will be able to make comparisons between the amount charged by individual hospitals within local markets, and nationwide, for services that might be furnished in connection with a particular inpatient stay.

Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Outpatient The data includes estimated hospital-specific charges for 30 Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups paid under the Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for Calendar Years (CY) 2011 and 2012. The Medicare payment amount includes the APC payment amount, the beneficiary Part B coinsurance amount and the beneficiary deductible amount.
Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier This data contains information on utilization, payment (allowed amount and Medicare payment), and submitted charges organized by National Provider Identifier (NPI), Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code, and place of service. The data in the Physician and Other Supplier PUF covers calendar year 2012 and contains 100% final-action physician/supplier Part B non-institutional line items for the Medicare fee-for-service population.
U.S. Census data The U.S. Census collects data for numerous metrics including housing, education, income, and health by geographic locations. This data can be used as proxy measures of patients' socio-economic, demographic and geographic characteristics to augment analysis of other data within AUA Data Repository.

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