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HERC’s Station Level Cost Dataset FY2000 - FY2007

Wagner TH. HERC’s Station Level Cost Dataset FY2000 - FY2007. Menlo Park, CA: HERC; 2009 May 1. 11 p.


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides health care to more than 5 million veterans each year. DSS datasets have detailed cost information at many levels, but one dataset not created by DSS is a station level dataset with subtotal for types of care. This guidebook describes HERC's method for estimating the cost of VA inpatient and outpatient services. We classified inpatient care into twelve service categories based on the treating specialty. These services include medicine and surgery, rehabilitation, blind rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, specialized psychiatric, substance abuse treatment, intermediate medicine, domiciliary, and psychosocial residential rehabilitation stays (psychiatric and substance use). For these twelve services, we tabulated days of care and costs. We classified outpatient care into thirteen service categories based on the clinic stop: medicine, dialysis, ancillary, rehab, diagnostics, pharmacy, prosthetics, surgery, psychiatry, substance use, dental, adult day, and home care. For these outpatient services we tabulated visits and costs. The final result is a dataset with twenty five service categories, costs and utilization counts at each VA medical center.

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