Description: Researchers conducting cost-effectiveness analyses often need cost and utilization data. In this lecture we will review the HERC Average Cost and the Managerial Cost Accounting (MCA; formerly Decision Support System (DSS)) data. We will briefly review the different datasets commonly used in research studies. We will also discuss how these data can be merged to VA utilization data.
Target audience: This course is primarily designed for researchers who would like an introduction to methods of cost-effectiveness analysis and budget impact analysis as applied to health services and medicine.