SEER-MHOS Webinar Series

Dates

Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Friday, September 22, 2023

Purpose

Interested in learning about a large patient-centered cancer health outcomes data resource?

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) supports a research resource linking Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) cancer registry data with Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. SEER-MHOS offers investigators the opportunity to examine cancer health outcomes, such as health-related quality of life and activities of daily living, along with clinical and epidemiologic information. More information about SEER-MHOS is available on our website.

Intended Audience

This webinar series is intended for researchers at all levels interested in learning more about the SEER-MHOS data resource. No prior knowledge of the data resource is necessary.

This webinar series will be archived on the HDRP Events webpage.

Webinar 1
Propensity Scoring and Health Outcomes Data:
Comparing Cancer and Non-Cancer Populations in the SEER-MHOS Data Resource
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

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Background

A key analytic problem when working with observational cohorts is confounding. Though SEER-MHOS offers researchers the ability to make cancer and non-cancer comparisons, thoughtful methodologic approaches are needed to ensure appropriate adjustments for potentially confounding variables.

This webinar provides an overview of propensity score matching techniques and the value they can add to a SEER-MHOS analysis. It guides participants through the matching and weighting processes comparing cancer & non-cancer patients’ reports of Health-Related Quality of life using SEER-MHOS. This presentation also covers necessary post-match statistical tests and interpretation to evaluate match quality. This session also provides brief background information of the SEER-MHOS data resource for new users, and a lively Q&A discussion.

Intended Audience

This webinar is intended for extramural investigators at junior, mid, and senior levels, interested in learning about the SEER-MHOS data resource and applying matching methods for a SEER-MHOS project. No experience with SEER-MHOS is necessary, and no prior knowledge of these methods is required.

Presenters

Roxanne E. Jensen

Roxanne E. Jensen, PhD
Scientific Lead, SEER-MHOS Data Resource
Outcomes Research Branch
Healthcare Delivery Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Benjamin Allaire

Benjamin Allaire, PhD
Senior Research Economist
RTI International

Webinar 2
Using Medicare Part D Claims in SEER-MHOS: A Guide for Researchers
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

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Purpose

Interested in learning about a large patient-centered cancer health outcomes data resource? The National Cancer Institute (NCI) supports a research resource linking Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) cancer registry data with Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. SEER-MHOS offers investigators the opportunity to examine cancer health outcomes, such as health-related quality of life and activities of daily living, along with clinical and epidemiologic information. For information, please visit the SEER-MHOS webpage.

Background

The SEER-MHOS data resource includes Medicare Part D prescription drug claims, a valuable resource for studying medication use and health-related quality of life among Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare Part D claims include information about prescription drug use including drug name, dosage, quantity, and refill information. Working with Part D data can be challenging and requires a good understanding of its structure and nuances. In this webinar, participants will learn to navigate, extract, analyze and interpret Part D claims data with SEER-MHOS cancer outcome data.

Topics include:

  • Descriptive characteristics of the SEER-MHOS population with Part D claims
  • Part D medical claims data structure
  • Methods for calculating medication adherence
  • Potential pitfalls when using Part D claims data
  • A SEER-MHOS example focusing on antiestrogen medications for Medicare Advantage breast cancer enrollees

Intended Audience

This webinar is intended for investigators at junior, mid, and senior levels, interested in learning about the SEER-MHOS data resource and using Medicare Part D data for a SEER-MHOS project. No experience with SEER-MHOS or Medicare Part D is required.

Presenters

Roxanne E. Jensen

Roxanne E. Jensen, PhD
Scientific Lead, SEER-MHOS Data Resource
Outcomes Research Branch
Healthcare Delivery Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Lisa Lines

Lisa Lines, PhD, MPH
Senior Health Services Researcher
RTI International

Webinar 3
Overview of Two SEER/CMS Patient Survey Data Resources at NCI: A Fireside Chat for New Users
Friday, September 22, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET

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Purpose

Interested in learning about large patient-centered cancer data resources? The National Cancer Institute (NCI) supports multiple research resources linking Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) cancer registry data with Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (MHOS) data and with Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. These two data resources, SEER-MHOS and SEER-CAHPS, provide a rich opportunity for analyses of Medicare beneficiaries' experiences at various stages of the cancer care continuum.

Webinar

The Outcomes Research Branch at NCI maintains two SEER-linked data resources featuring survey data available to the investigator community. SEER-MHOS is focused on cancer health outcomes and quality of life while SEER-CAHPS is focused on cancer patient experiences of care (see SEER-MHOS and SEER-CAHPS for distinctions).

In our final webinar in 2023, we showcase recently updated linkage numbers, research highlights, and a brief overview of SEER-CAHPS. The session includes a discussion with Drs. Roxanne Jensen and David Eton, the scientific leads of these two data resources focused on the application process from generating a research idea to final project approvals.

Intended Audience

This webinar is intended for investigators at any training level interested in learning more about Outcomes Research Branch SEER-linked data resources and the application process. No experience with SEER-MHOS or SEER-CAHPS is required.

Presenters

Roxanne E. Jensen

Roxanne E. Jensen, PhD
Scientific Lead, SEER-MHOS Data Resource
Outcomes Research Branch
Healthcare Delivery Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Ashley Wilder Smith

Ashley Wilder Smith, PhD, MPH
Branch Chief
Outcomes Research Branch
Healthcare Delivery Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

David Eton

David Eton, PhD
Program Director
Outcomes Research Branch
Healthcare Delivery Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Last Updated: 29 Sep, 2023