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2011 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract

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2011 National Meeting

2010 — Current Applications and Future Directions in VA-CMS Data

Tarlov E (Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, VA Information Resource Center (VIReC), Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care (CMC3)), Maciejewski ML (Durham VA Medical Center, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care), Liu CF (Puget Sound Health Care System, Northwest Center for Outcomes Research in Older Adults), Hynes DM (Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, VA Information Resource Center (VIReC))

Workshop Objectives:
A significant proportion of veterans who use VA health care services also seek Medicare- or Medicaid-covered care. VA has established a national dual care policy to coordinate care among veterans who receive care from community providers and from VA, including VA-Medicare or VA-Medicaid dual users. The Office of Research and Development has developed initiatives to make Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data available in the VA, recognizing the importance of VA-CMS data for understanding the care experiences of Medicare-eligible and Medicaid-eligible veterans. Given researcher enthusiasm for use of VA-CMS data in HSR&D-funded studies, this workshop will bring together HSR&D researchers currently using VA-CMS data and researchers interested in using CMS data for the first time. The workshop will be led by a panel of HSR&D researchers experienced in using Medicare and Medicaid data. Workshop objectives include: (1) demonstrating how VA-Medicare and VA-Medicaid studies being conducted by HSR&D researchers relate to current VA policy and clinical decision-making, and (2) providing technical guidance on use and analysis of VA-CMS data.

Three workshop presenters will use an oral presentation format with research examples to accomplish workshop objectives. Audience participation (facilitated discussion, questions-and-answers) will be built into the workshop at several points. Program content will be organized in the following segments: • Current research on Veterans who receive care from VA and Medicare or Medicaid • Best practices for addressing methodological challenges such as record linkage, cohort identification, and reconciliation of differences in VA and CMS claims • Facilitated audience discussion of applications of research using CMS data to current pressing policy and clinical questions in VA with an emphasis on important questions for future research.

Target Audience:
The target audience for the proposed worshop includes HSR&D researchers and project staff conducting analyses using Medicare or Medicaid data as well as those interested in learning about and using Medicare or Medicaid data in their future research.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
The audience is not expected to be familiar with CMS data. Familiarity with the use of VA data or other large claims or administrative databases for research will be helpful.

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