HERC offers several opportunities to learn about cost data and economic research. Both the Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Course and Econometrics Course describe methods of economic evaluation of health care with special reference to VA datasets. Topics include cost measurement (direct measurement, fee schedules, cost regressions), VA and non-VA cost and utilization data sources (OPC/PTF, MCA, CDR, pharmacy data, and more), methods of economic evaluation (managerial studies and the standard CEA reference case), modeling and measurement of health care outcomes, and patient utilities. The Health Economics Cyber Seminars feature presentations on a variety of health economics, health services, and implementation topics. HERC also offers economics cyber seminars in the QUERI program.
You are invited to attend any or all of the free sessions. The Courses and Cyber Seminars take place through conference calls with interactive, web-based slide presentations.
Click on the above links for information on how to register, and to view archives of past Courses and Cyber Seminars.
The Big Data-Scientist Training Enhancement Program (BD-STEP) launched by the VA in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) matches junior-level physical scientist trainees with VA medical centers across the country to leverage VA data systems. We offer an overview of the VA Palo Alto BD-STEP program, including the directors and mentors, as well as a list of current BD-STEP Fellows. At the start of the BD-STEP Fellowship each year, VA Palo Alto hosts a VA Data Bootcamp to orient trainees to the VA's electronic health record databases and network of physicians, researchers, and clinical managers.