Monday, August 9, 2010

Fwd: Register for Sept 15 HCUP Data Users' Workshop at AHRQ

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Register for AHRQ's September 15 HCUP Data Users' Workshop

Registration is now open for the HCUP Data Users' Workshop: Working with HCUP Databases.  This one-day course, sponsored by AHRQ, is designed to teach health services researchers how to use databases and software tools from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).  The workshop will take place Wednesday, September 15 from 9 am - 4:30 pm at the AHRQ headquarters in Rockville, MD.

Participants will work with actual data from HCUP's state databases.  HCUP databases comprise the largest collection of publicly available, multi-year hospital care (inpatient, emergency department, and ambulatory surgery) data in the United States, with all-payer, encounter level information beginning in 1988.  Instruction will also be given on the use of HCUP software tools to facilitate analysis of administrative data.  HCUP databases and tools enable research on a broad range of health research and policy issues at the national, state and local market levels, including cost and quality of health services, medical practice patterns, access to health care, and outcomes of treatment.

The workshop is oriented toward intermediate-level data users and/or people who are already familiar with HCUP.  Computers will be provided and instructor-lead programming examples will be presented in SAS.  Familiarity with SAS is desirable but not required – all SAS programs will be provided.


It is recommended that prior to the course, participants refresh their knowledge of HCUP by taking the HCUP online overview course.  New users should gain further HCUP experience prior to the course by registering for one or both of two HCUP webinars being offered on Sept 1 and 8 (additional information available here).


A full description of the September 15 HCUP Data Users' Workshop, registration form, and logistical information are available on the HCUP User Support Website by following links under What's New or on the HCUP Calendar - Events. There is no charge for the HCUP Data Users' Workshop.  Please register early as space is limited.  If you have questions, please email

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) · 540 Gaither Road · Rockville MD 20850 · 301-427-1364

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