MarketScan® database available
MarketScan® is a widely-used research database that includes person-level data from many large employer health plans. Data include in-patient/outpatient service codes, prescription drug fills and health insurance enrollment; patient information can be tracked across sites and providers over time. MCW researchers can access the following MarketScan® databases for 2011-2014 without charge:
Commercial Claims and Encounters Database - Contains data from active employees or early retirees (who are not Medicare eligible) and dependents insured by employer-sponsored plans.
Medicare Supplemental and Coordination of Benefits – Contains data for Medicare-eligible retirees with employer-sponsored
Medicare Supplemental plans.
MCW’s agreement allows the data to be used for unfunded or internally-sponsored research by MCW students, faculty and staff from the Biostatistical Consulting Service, Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Centers, Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research, and the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery. Other faculty may collaborate with these faculty. The MCW IRB considers these MarketScan® data a “public data set.”
Details regarding the coverage and date elements available can be reviewed on the MCW MarketScan® website.
To learn more about the MarketScan® data, and how to request them, go to the PCOR website. Contact Emily McGinley (firstname.lastname@example.org, 955-8848) with questions.
2017 NIH Mentored Career Development Program Award
The Clinical &Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) is announcing a request for applications for the 2017 NIH Mentored Research Career Development Award (KL2).
The overall goal of this award is to provide training opportunities for junior faculty working in clinical and translational research to become independent investigators. The program focuses on junior faculty with strong potential for careers in clinical and translational research.
In times of budget belt-tightening at the federal level, life-science researchers can keep their work supported through private sources.