The National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD), an affiliate of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), was recently awarded a contract by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide data analysis and maps on hospitals throughout the nation that are potentially eligible for graduate medical education program development.
Through their partnership with NCAHD, the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Development will work to ensure the availability of training programs for the increasing number of osteopathic medical students. They are also working collaboratively with other organizations including the Bureau of Hospitals, numerous Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program-related hospitals, Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions.
NCAHD’s will utilize several source, including cost report data to gather critical information that will help guide Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, OPTI’s, physician specialty organization and other decision makers as they develop new graduate medical education sites. In addition to local physician workforce numbers drawn from NCAHD’s enhanced state licensure national dataset, NCAHD will provide to the AOA the following information on each potentially eligible hospital: % Medicare utilization, average daily census, estimated patient volumes (e.g. ER admits/non-admits, surgeries, etc.), federal rural and shortage designation and five years of operating and net incomes.
The NCAHD report should be completed in the fall of 2012 and will be available through the AOA.
Reports from the 2011-2012 fiscal year show a six percent increase in the number of approved postdoctoral training positions (11,020 total), and with the help of the NCAHD, the AOA hopes the number of positions will continue to grow.
For more information about the National Center for Healthcare Data, visit their website at www.ncahd.org/.