AHCCCS recently signed an agreement with the University of Arizona to make Medicaid demographic data sets available to the University for research purposes. AHCCCS maintains a similar data-sharing agreement with Arizona State University Center for Health Information Research.

Both contracts are managed through the Arizona Board of Regents. A big shout-out to AzPHA member State Senator Heather Carter for her work on facilitating the Agreement. It will go a long way toward facilitating additional research and analysis of various aspects of the state’s health care delivery system- research that could be used to improve the performance of the Medicaid system

The agreement complies with state and federal laws regarding the disclosure of confidential, individually identifiable health information. Requests for data from external customers outside of the U of A, should continue to be directed to ASU CHIR.

Excellent idea that will help AHCCCS learn more about how to keep their member healthy, provide valuable data for our university faculty to conduct valuable population health research, and put our university system in a better position to get new grant awards from NIH, PCORI and other sources.

Great example of using the power of data analysis to improve our ability to address health disparities!