Developing your idea/brainstorming:

  • Clinical issues relevant to providers and/or patients
  • Variation in care/practice patterns
  • Rare diseases or outcomes that require large initial population
  • Policy relevant issues
  • Keep in mind that you will be using administrative data, therefore:
    • Relying on ICD-9-CM diagnosis or procedure, HCPCS and DRG codes
    • Diagnostic tests may be poorly coded, invasive procedures better
    • Diagnoses that affect management and reimbursement coded better