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2012 HSR&D/QUERI National Conference Abstract

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2012 National Meeting

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

Hynes DM, VA Information Resource Center, Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care, Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital; Maciejewski M, Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, Durham VA Medical Center; Wagner T, Health Economics Resource Center, Center for Health Care Evaluation, Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center, VA Palo Alto HCS; Rosen A, Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research, Bedford VAMC;

Workshop Objectives:
A significant proportion of Veterans who use VA healthcare 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 VA, recognizing the importance of VA-CMS data for understanding the care experiences of Medicare-eligible and Medicaid-eligible Veterans.

Given researcher progress and productivity using 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 covering a range of outcomes. 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: 1) Current research on Veterans who receive care from VA and Medicare or Medicaid examining a range of outcomes; 2) Best practices for addressing methodological challenges such as record linkage, cohort identification, identification of costs, and reconciliation of differences in VA and CMS claims; and 3) 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 workshop 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.

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