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Health Care Costs Workshop Agenda

Health Care Costs:
In Pursuit of Standardized Methods and Estimates for Research and Policy Applications

Rockville, Maryland
December 6 - 7, 2007

The workshop was co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and focused on arenas of application, approaches to framing cost analyses, approaches to calculating/imputing health care costs, and issues in the statistical analysis of cost data.

Specific goals of the workshop were to:

  • examine current applications and standard practices in health care cost estimation;
  • discuss core methodological and empirical challenges;
  • evaluate potential advantages and hurdles in developing standardized cost estimates;
  • identify "best practices" in the measurement, statistical analysis, and application of health care costs; and
  • inform the research agenda on improving data, methods, and the scientific quality and relevance of cost analyses.

Thursday evening (5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Sheraton Rockville Hotel
920 King Farm Boulevard

5:30 – 6:00 Reception and Welcome
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 7:10 Introduction to the Workshop
Joseph Lipscomb, PhD - Emory University [presentation available; see below]
Arenas of Application
7:10 – 7:40 National-level estimates of economic burden of disease: Implications from the Disease Control Priorities Project
Dean Jamison, PhD - University of California, San Francisco [presentation available; see below]
7:40 – 8:10 Economic analysis alongside clinical trials and in observational studies
Deborah Marshall, PhD - i3 Innovus and McMaster University [presentation available; see below]
8:10 – 8:40 Cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, decision modeling
Tom Hoerger, PhD - Research Triangle Institute [presentation available; see below]
8:40 – 9:00 Core methodological and empirical challenges
Joseph Lipscomb, PhD - Emory University [presentation available; see below]

Friday (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

AHRQ Conference Center
540 Gaither Road

Approaches to Framing a Cost Analysis
8:00 – 9:00 Prevalence and incidence approaches to estimating costs and attributable costs
Speaker: Martin Brown, PhD - National Cancer Institute [presentation available; see below]
Discussant: Bill Barlow, PhD - Cancer Research and Biostatistics and University of Washington [presentation available; see below]
9:00 – 10:00 Perspectives on determining "incremental cost" for decision making: Planning for the long-run, living in the short-run
Speakers: Paul Fishman, PhD - Group Health Center for Health Studies and University of Washington; Mark Hornbrook, PhD - Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Oregon Health & Science University [presentation available; see below]
Discussant: Peter Neumann, ScD - Tufts University [presentation available; see below]
10:00 – 10:15 Break
Approaches to calculating/imputing health care costs
10:15 – 11:15 National health accounts
Speaker: Steven Heffler, MBA - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [presentation available; see below]
Discussants: Steve Cohen, PhD - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [presentation available; see below]; Jessica Banthin, PhD - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [presentation available; see below]
11:15 – 12:00 Administrative/claims data
Speaker: Gerald Riley, MSPH - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [presentation available; see below]
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Micro-costing
Speaker: Kevin Frick, PhD - Johns Hopkins University [presentation available; see below]
Discussants: Paul Barnett, PhD - VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Stanford University [presentation available; see below]; Louise Russell, PhD - Rutgers University [presentation available; see below]
Issues in the Statistical Analysis of Cost Data
1:30 – 2:30 Speaker: John Mullahy, PhD - University of Wisconsin [presentation available; see below]
Discussants: Eugene Huang, PhD - Emory University [presentation available; see below]
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Final Roundtable Discussion [presentation available; see below]


Copies of the presentation files from this workshop are available by e-mail; please make your request to Alyssa Grauman at

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Last Modified: 30 Sep 2014