142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Virtual Research Data Center: Secure, Remote Access to Medicare and Medicaid Data

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Debbie Dean, M.S., P.M.P. , Health Analytics and Fraud Prevention, General Dynamics Information Technology, West Des Moines, IA
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC) is a virtual research environment, within CMS’s Chronic Condition Data Warehouse (CCW), that provides timelier access to Medicare and Medicaid program data in a more efficient and cost effective manner. The CCW one of the largest health services data warehouses in the country, containing 14 years of Medicare and Medicaid administrative claims, assessment, and enrollment data linked by beneficiary across over time and across data types.  This rich data source was made available to support health services research, health policy analysis, program evaluation, and comparative effectiveness research.  Use of the VRDC eliminates the need for acquisition of equipment to store, manage and analyze data, provides secure remote workspace, and greater access to user-friendly data sources and tools.

VRDC users are allocated 500 GB of workspace for data and analysis (some flexibility depending on number of years/files required for research).  There is a set price per year, per seat in the VRDC.  Aggregate results and/or statistical data files are downloaded from the environment via a secure file transfer mechanism.  Finder files, program code and other analytic sources can be uploaded to the user’s environment using the same mechanism.

Researchers may request access to the VRDC with the assistance of the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC).  ResDAC assists researchers with the review of materials and answering any questions about the contents of data files, cost, and process.  Requests will be reviewed and approved by CMS Privacy Board.  Once CMS approves the Data Use Agreement, access to the VRDC environment is granted.

Learning Areas:

Biostatistics, economics
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate understanding of the purpose and key features of the CMS Virtual Research Data Center and the process for obtaining access

Keyword(s): Chronic Disease Management and Care, Information Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: General Dynamics Information Technology is a CMS contractor. The Virtual Research Data Center was developed under contract with CMS.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.