The Office of Coverage Analysis Administration (OCAA)

​MISSION

To provide comprehensive coverage analysis and budgeting services for researchers and administrators to enhance their ability to achieve excellence in clinical research while adhering to Univerisity, Federal, and State guidelines to ensure billing compliance. 

WHAT IS A COVERAGE ANALYSIS

As coverage analysis (CA) is a schedule of events, created to identify every item and service in a clinical research study to determine the financial accountability for each item or service.  For example, services may be billed to the trial sponsor, study grant, third party payor such as Medicare or private insurance, or other funding source. 

All studies involving human research subjects require a review for coverage analysis, even if they are fully research-funded.  There are some scenarios where a CA is not required, such as studies reviewing medical charts. 

HOW TO INITIATE A COVERAGE ANALYSIS AND WHO COMPLETES THE REVIEW

A project submission to the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) triggers a notification to OCAA for coverage analysis review.  OCAA is comprised of a team of analysts that specialize in healthcare policy and finance.  The OCAA team works closely together with the Principal Investigators (PI's) and their study teams to review and finalize the coverage analysis.  

BENEFITS OF THE COVERAGE ANALYSIS

A coverage analysis ensures compliant clinical research billing, prevents billing errors, and may be used as a tool to estimate costs and negotiate study budgets. 



OCAA CONTACTS

OCAA has an alias e-mail address to ensure a better response and catalog all OCAA activity in a timely manner.
For general inquiries please contact us at: ocaa@ucsd.edu or 858-534-4761.

 

 Name​ Role  Phone Email
Han NguyenDirector(858) 822-4129hnn001@ucsd.edu
Sarah SalomManager(858) 534-4848ssalom@ucsd.edu
Andrea IriarteVelos QA Specialist ​
Cynthia VeraSr. Coverage Analyst(858) 246-2493cavera@ucsd.edu
Darren Blair
Sr. Coverage Analyst
 (858) 534-4957
dmblair@ucsd.edu
Fasihuddin Mohammed
Sr. Coverage Analyst(​858) 822-1233
f2mohammed@ucsd.edu
Lianqi Liu

Sr. Data Steward

(858) 534-4471
l1liu@ucsd.edu
​Linh Nguyen
Clinical Trial Protocol Specialist
​(858) 246-2276
l6nguyen@ucsd,edu
Maria Arampatzidou
Sr. Coverage Analyst(858) 246-3289
marampatzidou@ucsd.edu
Martin Tafazoli
Clinical Trial Protocol Specialist
(858) 534-4640
mctafazoli@ucsd.edu
Sonja FultonSr. Coverage Analyst(858) 246-0281sofulton@ucsd.edu
​Sunny Chang​Administrative Specialist​(858) 534-4761shc292@ucsd.edu

  

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