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Sergio I. Prada Quantifying the effect of a cancer diagnosis on Medicare payments and use according to new public use files Cancer 120

Article first published online: 30 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28409

New public use data sets available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services include a cancer indicator that allows for interesting comparisons with other chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries. When compared with beneficiaries with no chronic conditions, Medicare beneficiaries with a cancer diagnosis and no other chronic condition cost 5 times more and result in 5 times as many inpatient admissions.

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