The AcademyHealth Health Information Technology Interest Group is hosting a webinar series on research networks and their relevance for the AcademyHealth community. The series continued in advance of the 2020 Annual Research Meeting with a presentation on research resources available from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).

HCCI is an independent, non-profit organization with leading health care claims datasets that enable research, policy and journalism. With rich data on over 100 million people per year, its mission is to get to the heart of the key issues impacting the U.S. health care system, particularly those economic issues that are critical to a sustainable, high-performing health system. HCCI publishes its own slate of regular reports and policy-relevant analyses, while also licensing access to its dataset to hundreds of academic, government and non-profit researchers.

During this webinar, HCCI Chief of Staff Sally Rodriguez and Director of Data Strategy John Hargraves previewed HCCI’s new “2.0” commercial claims dataset, which incorporates new sources of data from Blue Health Intelligence to produce a larger, more geographically representative data resource for researchers. Though this dataset is currently under construction, HCCI shared an overview of the resource and how researchers will be able to access it.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants should:  

  • Understand the mission of the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).
  • Understand how HCCI supports health care research efforts.
  • Understand some key features of HCCI’s new commercial claims dataset.
  • Understand how to engage with HCCI and its resources.

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Committee Member, Member, Researcher

Thomas Carton, Ph.D., M.S.

Chief Data Officer - Louisiana Public Health Institute

Dr. Thomas Carton is Chief Data Officer for the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Principal Investigator of t... Read Bio


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Sally Rodriguez, M.P.H.

Chief of Staff and Director of Products - Health Care Cost Institute

Sally Rodriguez serves as the Chief of Staff and Director of Products at the Health Care Cost Institute. Read Bio

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John Hargraves, M.P.P.

Director of Data Strategy & Senior Researcher - Health Care Cost Institute

John Hargraves oversees HCCI’s data strategy and infrastructure while contributing to HCCI research as a Senio... Read Bio