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The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice: Data and Analytic Core (DAC)

Director: Chasan-Taber, Scott


The Data and Analytic Core (DAC) includes research analysts and programmers, research assistants, a data librarian, and a Director who reports to the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and the DAC Advisory Committee.

The DACs responsibilities are to maintain an extremely secure environment for health care datasets provided to Principal Investigators by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state governments, and other organizations under data use agreements and licenses. The DAC works under the direction of faculty investigators who have specific permission to use the data to conducted research.

The DAC consists of 15 analysts (and an additional 5 staff) with a combined 150 years of healthcare claims analytic experience and a mastery of a broad range of programming and statistical methods. New analysts undergo a comprehensive training program lasting the better part of 6 months to assure a strong foundation in Medicare data analytics.





  • Analytic Memorandum to the DAC Analyst ( Protocol )

    This document defines what is expected from the DAC analytic team and detailed research methodology, while providing investigators a venue to keep track of the many decisions and analytic refinements that typically arise during a project.

  • CMS Data Use Agreement (DUA) ( Protocol )

    Please contact the DAC Data Acquisitions Administrator, who specializes in facilitating this important relationship between an investigator and CMS or other data sources.

  • DAC Project Review Committee (PRC) ( Protocol )

    The primary goals of this committee are to:

    1) Help researchers refine their analytic budgets.
    2) Help the DAC plan for future resource needs.

    In the process, it is often the case that technical aspects of healthcare claims analytics are refined in the planning phase and, in so doing, make the plan more fundable and make the scope of work and resulting budget more accurate.

    Step 1: Fill out the Project Review Committee Application

    Notice the field in the Project Review Committee application for "Faculty Mentor". The PRC requires a relationship for junior investigators because healthcare claims analytics, and associated research methodology, is highly complex. Active engagement with experienced faculty will vastly improve the likelihood of funding and help ensure that the research plan is practical.

    Step 2: Meet with the DAC Director

    As a prospective investigator prepares the application, we recommend setting up a meeting with the DAC Director to review a draft. This will make the committee review process more efficient.

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval ( Protocol )

    Work with The Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS), the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Dartmouth College, once your grant has been funded. - See more at: http://tdi.dartmouth.edu/initiatives/research/data-and-analytic-core/logistics-and-protocol#sthash.oyqELu6S.dpuf


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