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Utah Primary Care Spend Calculation Project

April 2021


Providers, Researchers


Cost, Quality, Health, Commercial, Medicaid, Medicare


Sterling Petersen, MPP

The Utah Department of Health, Office of Health Care Statistics (OHCS) produced this primary care spend report for the Utah Academy of Family Physicians (UAFP). In late 2020, the Office of Health Care Statistics was tasked with using the Utah All Payer Claims Database (APCD) to calculate the total amount of spending on primary health care services as a percentage of all healthcare expenditures, using data from 2018 and 2019 as two separate calculations, while using the Maine Quality Forum’s definition of primary care.1 As part of this project, OHCS was also tasked with providing the UAFP with a description of the methodology used to perform the calculations, a description of the limitations, a breakout of primary care spending across payer types for each year, and a breakout by age cohorts and outcomes data for the aforementioned years, leveraging the Utah Healthcare Facility Database.