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2006 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract


2009 — New VIReC Tools for Researchers Using VA Data

Author List:
Murphy PA (VIReC)
Arnold N (VIReC)
Koelling KA (VIReC)
Mohr T (VIReC)

Objectives:
After attending this session, participants should be able to discuss the VA Information Resource Center’s new Technical Report on a comparison of pharmacy data from the VHA Decision Support System and the Pharmacy Benefits Management databases, VIReC’s documentation of the Enrollment Database that is used to produce data for many VHA reports and projections, and the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey and U.S. Renal Data System files now available from VIReC through the VA Medicare Data Merge Initiative. Presentation of the technical report will cover what researchers should consider in selecting one of the sources of pharmacy data for a given study. The description of the enrollment data will cover discussion of data fields not readily available to researchers from other sources. Presentation of the new Medicare files available from VIReC will be supplemented with information about the latest Medicare enrollment and demographic data, utilization data, and provider data files that are available from VIReC and how to request them. Workshop participants will be able to locate these new tools on the VIReC Web site and to efficiently search the Web site for other information. Participants also should be able to explain the purpose of VIReC and describe some of its services and activities.

Methods:
Workshop participants will practice, as a group, finding information on the VIReC Web site; review the content of new tools available on the VIReC Web site and how to navigate between and within the tools; and discuss their own information needs and how these might be met by VIReC’s staff, publications, Web site, or referral to other experts. The session format will emphasize demonstration and question-and-answer exchange as well as didactic presentations.

Results:
Health services researchers using VA and select non-VA data, especially researchers new to the VA and/or to VA data and information systems.

Implications:
No prior familiarity with VIReC or its activities will be assumed. However, because the focus of the workshop is on new tools available, even researchers who have utilized VIReC information and services in the past will benefit from participation.

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