HERC: Training
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HERC offers several opportunities to learn about cost data and economic research. Both the Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Seminar Series and Econometrics Seminar Series 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. 

You are invited to attend any or all of the free sessions. The 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 seminars.

Each fall, VA Palo Alto hosts a VA Data Bootcamp to orient new staff and fellows to the VA's electronic health record databases and to the vast network of physicians, researchers, and clinical managers at VA Palo Alto. All staff at VA Palo Alto are invited to join the training.