Public health surveillance approaches in oregon’s medicaid population

Lynn M. Marshall, Richard N. Howard, Amy Sullivan, Duyen L. Ngo, Jennifer A. Woodward, Melvin A. Kohn

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The development of methods for public health surveillance in Medicaid populations is an important goal for public health practice. In Oregon, we developed approaches to case finding using claims and self-reported data obtained from the Medicaid beneficiary population. Disease rosters, derived from claims data, form the basis for analyses pertaining to particular health conditions. Self-reported information obtained through a telephone survey forms the basis for analyses pertaining to behavioral risk factors, disease history, and other information not available in claims data. We also describe some projects in which we plan to use combined claims and survey data. We describe our experiences with using these techniques and provide examples from projects in progress or planned. Our initial experiences suggest that these approaches enhance our ability to conduct public health surveillance in Oregon’s Medicaid population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-69
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • Feasibility studies
  • Insurance claim reporting
  • Medical record linkage
  • Population surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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