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Data and Statistical Services

The American Urological Association understands that statistics are a key component of research, which is why it offers comprehensive professional data analysis to AUA departments, physicians engaged in AUA-funded research projects, urologists and urology practices, and government and industry groups. Its capabilities include:

  • Study design and statistical consulting
  • Planning and implementation of statistical analysis
  • Data collection, mining and statistical modeling
  • Survey design, development and reporting
  • Interpretation and presentation of results

Services are fee based, and members receive discounted rates. Some recent data projects include evaluating and analyzing the geographic distribution of physicians, determinants of hospital charges, AUA annual meeting attendance, member satisfaction surveys, membership trends, education programs, and clinical studies on conditions such as overactive bladder (OAB), BPH, and hypogonadism.

AUA's goal is to build long-term relationships by ensuring your satisfaction. It offers:

  • Prompt response times
  • Results explained in understandable, non-technical terms
  • Extensive theoretical research and applied industry expertise

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AUA's team of experts is available to provide guidance and leadership throughout the research process. Although support can take place at any stage, AUA tends to see the greatest need for services early in the process: defining a sound research design and ensuring data will be compatible with today's robust analysis techniques.

Whether you just need a brief piece of advice or help throughout the entire process, AUA is available to:

  • Review published work on your research topic
  • Define your data needs
  • Design the data collection process
  • Determine the best method for analyzing the collected data

AUA's expertise encompasses a wide variety of experimental and correlational study methodologies, including medical studies with both categorical and quantitative variables; between-subjects, within-subjects, and mixed factorial designs; survey research; and single- and double-blind studies.

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No matter the size or scope of your project, AUA's team of experts can collect, examine, and manage your data to determine the best approach for your research and analytical needs. AUA can work with all types of datasets, including records you currently own, plan to collect or will integrate from third-party sources.

The AUA data team can conduct rigorous tests to assure the quality of your data, develop systems and procedures to move it across various databases and platforms, and determine meaningful variables that align with your research needs. AUA can help you obtain many data sets that can be integrated with your data:

Data Set Description
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) claims data (5% of beneficiaries) The carrier file (also known as the Physician/Supplier Part B claims file) contains final action fee-for-service claims submitted on CMS-1500 claim forms. The file includes beneficiary demographic data, diagnosis and procedure codes, reimbursement amounts and provider numbers.
National Provider Identifiers (NPI) A database of registered healthcare providers (e.g., physicians, suppliers, hospitals, and others) in the United States. NPI numbers are unique and identifiable for each provider.
Physician Compare The Physician Compare national downloadable file includes demographic information and Medicare individual-level quality program participation data for physicians and other healthcare professionals currently enrolled in Medicare.  Additionally, other datasets provide measure performance rates for four Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and one coronary artery disease (CCAD) quality measures.
American Board of Urology certification file The ABU data contains information on the date and location of certification and recertification for all urology board-certified providers in the United States.
American Medical Association master file for urology The AMA data contains workforce information about active physicians and physicians in training in urology.  This is a portion of the U.S. physician workforce data collected by the Center for Workforce Studies at AMA. Includes data on practice setting and location.
Health Resources and Services Administration — Area Health Resource File The Area Health Resources Files (AHRF) is comprised of health workforce data drawn from more than 50 sources. AHRF products include databases with health workforce data at the county, state and national levels; mapping tools; and health resources comparison tools.
AUA Annual Census data The AUA Census is the definitive source of data about the urology community. The survey provides comprehensive information about practice settings; experiences with EMR adoption and quality reporting; adherence to clinical guidelines; and provider demographics, education, and training. Census samples are weighted to represent the entire urology specialty and can be analyzed through multivariable statistical modeling.
National Cancer Institute — SEER The Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program is a coordinated system of population-based cancer registries strategically located across the United States. The registries monitor cancer trends and provide data on cancer incidence, the extent of disease at diagnosis, therapy and patient survival. SEER data covers 1973 through 2011.
Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), is a collection of administrative, longitudinal databases that contain encounter-level information on inpatient stays, emergency department visits and ambulatory care in the United States. The databases enable research on a broad range of health policy issues, including utilization, access, charges, quality and outcomes at the national, state, and local market levels.
Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Inpatient

The data includes hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges, paid under Medicare based on a rate per discharge using the Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Group (MS-DRG) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 and 2012. These DRGs represent more than 7 million discharges or 60 percent of total Medicare IPPS discharges.


For these DRGs, average charges, average total payments, and average Medicare payments are calculated at the individual hospital level. Users will be able to make comparisons between the amount charged by individual hospitals within local markets, and nationwide, for services that might be furnished in connection with a particular inpatient stay.

Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Outpatient The data includes estimated hospital-specific charges for 30 Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups paid under the Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for Calendar Years (CY) 2011 and 2012. The Medicare payment amount includes the APC payment amount, the beneficiary Part B coinsurance amount and the beneficiary deductible amount.
Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier This data contains information on utilization, payment (allowed amount and Medicare payment), and submitted charges organized by National Provider Identifier (NPI), Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code, and place of service. The data in the Physician and Other Supplier PUF covers calendar year 2012 and contains 100% final-action physician/supplier Part B non-institutional line items for the Medicare fee-for-service population.
U.S. Census data The U.S. Census collects data for numerous metrics including housing, education, income, and health by geographic locations. This data can be used as proxy measures of patients’ socio-economic, demographic and geographic characteristics to augment analysis of other data within AUA Data Repository.

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AUA provides comprehensive analytics, data mining and statistical services for any size project or facility. Its first-class team of trained statisticians and data management experts can help you convert your data into meaningful information, reports and presentations.

AUA's innovative statistical tools and techniques include

  • Analysis of variance
  • Data mining
  • Decision trees
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Multi-factor research designs
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Non-parametric statistical procedures
  • Systematic reviews
  • Statistical power analyses and sample size calculation
  • Statistical tests

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