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MEPS and HCUP workshops will be offered at APHA annual meeting

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be conducting two separate workshops at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Learning Institute, in Washington, D.C., on two of its data resources. On November 3, there will be a 1-day lecture workshop on the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the use of the MEPS Household Component public use data files by the health services research community.

On November 4, there will be a half-day workshop on the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), to introduce health services and policy researchers to HCUP and to resources that will enable them to apply HCUP data to their research interests. Attendees will receive a CD with information about HCUP that includes research examples using HCUP and instructions on obtaining HCUP data and tools.

Both the MEPS and HCUP workshops are approved for continuing medical education (CME), CHES, and nursing contact hours credits. Neither workshop requires SAS experience. Both workshops require registration.

Go to: for registration materials and more information. (MEPS is LI #1007 and HCUP is LI #2015.) The fee for the MEPS workshop is $50, and the fee for the HCUP workshop is $240.

Please contact if you have questions about the MEPS workshop, and if you have questions about the HCUP workshop.

Additionally, on November 5 from 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., within the "Statistical Analysis: Financing Health Care Cost" poster session, AHRQ will present a poster entitled "Using Administrative Data for Disease Surveillance." This poster will showcase how HCUP resources can be used in disease surveillance efforts.

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