HERC Bulletin - November 2017
HERC economists discuss one method for identifying a patient’s primary care provider using Corporate Data Warehouse (CDW) data.
Seminars and Courses
Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Course Begins January 2018
The Health Economics Resource Center will offer a 12-session course in cost-effectiveness analysis as part of the VA HSR&D Cyberseminar series starting January 2018.
This introductory course covers cost-effectiveness and budget impact analyses using VA data. Cost-effectiveness analysis is a method to determine if interventions provide sufficient health benefit to justify their cost. Budget impact analyses complement cost-effectiveness analyses, providing decision makers with information on the effect of adopting cost-effective interventions. This HERC course will provide an overview these and other types of decision analysis and how to conduct these analyses with VA data.
The course is 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.
Participants may attend any or all the free sessions. The course takes place through conference calls with web-based slide presentations. Please visit the HERC website to register.
Please visit the HERC website for a summary of each session.
|January 10, 2018||New Recommendations for the Conduct of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis from the Second Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine|
|January 17, 2018||An Overview of Decision Analysis|
|January 31, 2018||Estimating the Cost of an Intervention|
|February 7, 2018||VA Costs: HERC versus MCA|
|February 14, 2018||Introduction to Effectiveness, Patient Preferences, and Utilities|
|February 28, 2018||Estimating Transition Probabilities for a Model|
|March 7, 2018||Medical Decision Making and Decision Analysis|
|March 14, 2018||Evidence Synthesis to Derive Model Transition Probabilities (Part I - Systematic Literature Review)|
|March 28, 2018||Evidence Synthesis to Derive Model Transition Probabilities (Part II - Quantitative Pooling)|
|April 4, 2018||Sensitivity Analyses|
|April 11, 2018||Budget Impact Analysis|
|April 25, 2018||How can cost-effectiveness analysis be made more relevant to U.S. health care?|
HERC Welcomes Two New Programmers
James Wong joined HERC as a Research Associate in September 2017. He graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a BS in statistics. His last position was as a Data Analyst at Sqor, a sports-based social media startup. His future career goal is to get into Machine Learning field for undetermined applications. One of James’ hobbies is changing board games into games requiring physical activity. This combines his interests in board games and casual sports playing.
Caitlin Chan joined HERC as a Research Associate in October 2017. She earned an SM in Epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, where she conducted research on mental health, family relationships, and health disparities. Her public health work prior to graduate school supported the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in California. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and travelling, and recently climbed an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo.