CareSet Labs has announced the release of Root NPI Graph, a new version of the “shared Medicare patients in time” provider teaming dataset. The Root NPI graph is the next-generation version of the Doctor Referral teaming dataset commonly available from Medicare. The dataset can be used by data scientists, researchers and innovators including pharmaceutical companies to help decode Medicare claims data to guide new drug launches.
Created by Fred Trotter through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the original “Docgraph” includes implicit and explicit referral relationships between doctors, hospitals and other types of entities. While the dataset can be viewed as the defacto map of the US healthcare system, it is also the largest graph data set that is 100% available using real names (doctor names, in this case). LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter all have bigger graphs, but they are not 100% available to researchers. The original dataset is in broad distribution and in use by hundreds of companies including The Advisory Board, Price Waterhouse Cooper, and the Federal Trade Commission.
“Medicare is the largest single payer in the United States, and the implicit map of the healthcare system that can be generated from its claims database is one of the most comprehensive pictures of the healthcare system in the United States,” said Fred Trotter, Founder and CTO of CareSet. “The Root NPI Graph is very simply the count of all Medicare beneficiaries shared between two NPIs over the course of a given year. No sliding window, no claims run out, no same-day count and no transaction counts,” Trotted noted.
In a recent blog post, Trotter outlines the technical details of the release and why it is important at https://careset.com/rootnpigraph/. The new dataset is available for download at http://careset.com/labs.