HERC: Consulting Service
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Consulting Service


Are you a VA researcher and have a question or need help from HERC? HERC provides consultation services regarding:

  • Design of experimental and observational sources
  • Methods for economic evaluations, including cost-effectiveness analysis and budget impact analysis
  • Sources of data on the cost of VA sponsored care
  • Method to micro-cost (direct measure) the resources used to provide innovative health care services
  • Econometric analysis of health care costs and observational data
  • Measure of preference based health utilities, the measure needed to express outcomes in terms of Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs)
  • Other questions for which an economist's input might be helpful

The service is staffed by a PhD economist. It is our goal to respond to requests within 2 business days. Because of time constraints, the HERC consulting service is not able to analyze economic data.

Please email herchelp@va.gov and include the following information:

  • Please insert #herchelp into your email's subject line
  • Name
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Detailed request, including a relatively complete description of the context of the question

You may also call us at (650) 617-2630. Be sure to ask for the on-call consultant.

Visit the Data FAQs page for answers to some of HERC's most common consulting service questions.

Those seeking a health economist to be involved in their study will want to look at the HERC listing of VA economists. Most health economists at VA do not work at HERC.