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The Using Administrative Data to Answer State Policy Questions Intensive Workshop was held to help participants appreciate the ways in which administrative data can be used to answer policy questions, use State administrative data to enhance analyses and support policymakers, establish connections and build relationships between data analysts and policy leaders at the State level, and explore further and make use of relevant AHRQ tools.


December 4-5, 2008
Rockville, MD
AHRQ Headquarters

GOALS

After participating in this intensive workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the ways in which administrative data can be used to answer policy questions,
  • Use State administrative data to enhance analyses and support policy makers,
  • Establish connections and build relationships between data analysts and policy leaders at the State level, and
  • Explore further and make use of relevant AHRQ tools.

Day 1, Thursday, December 4, 2008

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Marjorie Shofer

Session 1:  Administrative Data and HCUP Tools (PowerPoint® File, 5.9 MB; PDF File, 3.3 MB, PDF Help)
Claudia Steiner

This session includes an overview of administrative data, addressing such questions as: What are administrative data? Where are administrative data housed in States? What is HCUP? The session will introduce State teams to various Clinical Groupers: CCS, CCS-MHSA, CCS-CPT, and Chronic Condition Indicator. It will also provide a review of HCUPnet and related topics, such as State and national utilization statistics (benchmarks and comparisons) and QI benchmarks.

Following this session, participants should be better able to appreciate some of the key attributes of administrative data, especially HCUPnet, know where to look for administrative data in their State, and understand the importance and role of various Clinical Groupers and other administrative data resources.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Session 2: Using Administrative Data To Inform Policy
Alan Weil, Julie Sonier and Robert Murray

This session will start with a presentation by Alan Weil (PowerPoint® File, 740 KB; PDF File, 250 KB, PDF Help) on using data to answer policy questions. Julie Sonier (PowerPoint® File, 330 KB; PDF File, 105 KB) and Robert Murray (PowerPoint® File, 210 KB; PDF file, 90 KB, PDF Help) will present specific examples of how their States have used administrative data to support policy decisions.

Following this session, participants should be better able to understand how their State might be able to use administrative data to address their own policy challenges.

12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
Session 3: AHRQ Quality Indicators (PowerPoint® File, 1.5 MB; PDF File, 280 KB, PDF Help)
Melanie Chansky

Melanie Chansky will present an overview of AHRQ's PQIs, IQIs, PSIs, and PDIs and their role in public reporting, and discuss recent validation efforts and endorsement of measures by the National Quality Forum. She will also conduct a demonstration of how AHRQ tools can be used with State administrative data.

Following this session, participants should be better able to understand AHRQ's various quality indicators and navigate the AHRQ QI tools.

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Session 4: Pulling It All Together: Demonstration of EQUIPS (PowerPoint® File, 5.8 MB; PDF File, 3.4 MB, PDF Help)
Anne Elixhauser

Anne Elixhauser will introduce participants to a new AHRQ tool, EQUIPS, now renamed MONAHRQ. This tool is designed to help display information about health care quality, utilization of services, and rates of conditions and procedures via a Web site to a wide audience, including the general public.

Following this session, participants will have a better understanding of how information based on administrative data can be collected and displayed using a new AHRQ tool.

3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Session 5: Hospital Readmissions (PowerPoint® File, 460 KB; PDF File, 431 KB, PDF Help)
Susan McBride

This session will highlight the issue of hospital readmissions – both as a reflection of delivery system problems and as an opportunity for cost savings. The session encouraged participants to think about how (and how effectively) their States are able to connect individual records across the continuum of care.

Following this session, participants should be better able to identify the role of transitions in care as a driver of readmissions, understand the importance of identifiers to allow each patient's experience to be fully captured, and appreciate the potential cost savings associated with reducing readmissions.

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Session 6: Reactor Panel and Discussion
Susan McBride, Rex Cowdry, Jill Rosenthal, and Julie Sonier

This session was designed to air the selected policy issues and questions raised by State teams in their applications and worksheets. Faculty will elicit questions from participants about what they hope to address with administrative data and lead the group in a discussion of data issues, AHRQ tools, questions, challenges, and related issues.

This session will help participants learn from the experiences of faculty and other States, identify challenges and strategies associated with using administrative data, and prioritize ways to move forward in their States with using administrative data to address their policy questions.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Session 7: State Teams Breakout
Faculty available for State consultation

State teams will begin group work on chosen policy issues, using a template to guide their discussion. AHRQ faculty will work with teams to determine the administrative data they have available to them and which AHRQ tools would help them answer their questions. Activity will continue after formal conclusion of Day 1 as "homework" in preparation for Day 2's intensive.

Following this session, participants should be better able to identify AHRQ tools that they can use to address their State policy questions, address questions surrounding the appropriate use of administrative data in their State, and develop strategies for using administrative data to answer State policy questions.

Friday, December 5

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Session 8: HCUP Reports That Can Help Inform Policy (PowerPoint® File, 2.5 MB; PDF File, 1.5 MB, PDF Help)
Hannah Davis

This session will introduce participants to HCUP reports and features that dan help inform policy.

Following this session, participants should be better able to understand the role of HCUP reports and features in the policy development process.

9:300 to 10:00 a.m.
Session 9: State Teams Breakout
State Teams

State teams will complete their group work on the template. AHRQ faculty will be available to work with teams to address any final data and/or tool questions. This is the opportunity for States to finalize their "report out" to other workshop participants.

10:15 to 12 p.m.
Session 10: Report Out, Lessons Learned, & Anticipated Next Steps
Alison Rein

States will present the results of their group work and have an opportunity to raise additional questions for faculty and other States. This session will also focus States on thinking about how they can continue to work on these policy questions when they return home and what additional assistance might be needed to support their efforts.

Following this session, participants should be better able to understand how other States are planning to use administrative data to address their policy questions, envision how they will use administrative data in their State to address their policy questions, come up with a list of next steps, and identify appropriate AHRQ contact for additional technical assistance.

12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
Session 11: Lunch Panel Discussion
Faculty available for State consultation

This session will consist of a final Tool Q&A with technical faculty about the tools presented during the workshop.

Following this session, participants should be better able to address final questions they may have regarding using administrative data to answer State policy questions.

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