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Why You Should Attend this Workshop

Medicare billing and payment systems directly impact what is observable in claims data and how to interpret the fields. This workshop will provide background for researchers interested in charges and payments.

Many of the workshop elements will be easier to assimilate by those with previous experience with the data. However, prior experience is not strictly necessary.

Educational Objectives:
  • Understand payment and charge variables in the Medicare Research Identifiable Files
  • Understand the various Medicare payment systems and payment adjustments for alternative payment models
  • Become familiar with the various methods of calculating cost of care
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of using the Medicare cost reports for research

Workshop Videos

August 13, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Health Economic Analysis and Methods

This presentation provides an overview of the types of economic evaluations in health care, the...

August 13, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - CMS Payment Systems and Resources for 'Costing'

Understanding of the CMS payment systems will assist the researcher in knowing how services are...

August 13, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Definitions of 'Cost' in Medicare Utilization Files

For each of the CMS claim file types, the variables used in calculating costs for CMS covered...

August 13, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending

This presentation reviews the importance of understanding the factors contributing to...

August 14, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Introduction to Medicare Cost Reports

This presentation provides an overview of what Medicare cost reports are, the type of...

August 14, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Medicare Cost Report Resources

The Medicare cost reports can be downloaded from the CMS website.  CMS provides several...

August 14, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Medicare Cost Report Download

This presentation describes where to find the Medicare cost report downloads, what is contained...

August 14, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Understanding the Data

This presentation provides background information about the cost reports that will help...

August 14, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Identification of Specific Variables: Part 1

This presentation describes how to identify variables in the cost report data. It provides...

August 14, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Identification of Specific Variables: Part 2

In this presentation, researchers will review the common types of research that can be...

August 14, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Calculating Cost: Cost-to-Charge Ratios

This presentation defines the different types of cost-to-charge ratios (CCRs), how to use these...

August 14, 2013

Conducting Economic Research - Calculating Cost: Review Methods

This presentation reviews articles that have compared different methods to "cost" services.  An...