Research Activities April 2013, No. 392
Register for May 8 HCUP Data Users’ Workshop
AHRQ is conducting a full-day, instructor-led, hands-on workshop to provide participants with experience working with Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) resources. The May 8 workshop will give in-depth exposure to several HCUP databases and tools. Faculty will be available for consultation on how HCUP data can support participants’ research interests. Instructional and reference materials will be distributed and discussed.
Target Audience: This is an intermediate-level workshop designed for health services researchers and analysts who want to learn how to improve their use of HCUP databases and products. Individuals interested in learning more about the HCUP State databases and conducting revisit and readmission analyses would benefit from this workshop.
Course Content: The course will contain a brief overview of HCUP and a demonstration of HCUPnet—a free online querying tool that provides instant access to HCUP statistics. Faculty will then present step-by-step instruction on working with HCUP databases to conduct revisit analyses with HCUP data. Participants will use computers loaded with subsets of HCUP State Inpatient Databases and State Emergency Department Databases, and will run SAS programs on the HCUP databases. All SAS programs will be provided. Faculty will cover the basics of loading data files and progress to more advanced topics.
Prerequisites: Given the nature and pace of this course, prior experience with large administrative databases is encouraged. Experience with HCUP databases is helpful. It is highly recommended that attendees review the HCUP Online Overview Course prior to the workshop: https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/overviewcourse.jsp. Prior familiarity with statistical software packages such as SAS is also recommended.
Registration Details: Deadline is April 29, 2013 (or until maximum number is reached); fee: no charge; date & time: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET; location: AHRQ Conference Center – 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Registration details are available on HCUP-US at http://hcup-us.ahrq.gov/hcup_workshop.jsp.