Alma Trotter

Alma helps CareSet with Data Quests. She graduated from UT Austin with a major in Anthropology. After moving to Houston she made cupcakes at the Black Hole coffee shop, managed the Caroline Collective co-working space, and then joined CareSet in 2013. She now pursues a location-independent lifestyle, working remotely for CareSet from New Mexico with her two cats as in-purrson officemates.

Updated DocGraph HOP Teaming PUF Released During Health Datapalooza 2022

By Alma Trotter / April 3, 2022

ARLINGTON – CareSet released the updated DocGraph HOP Teaming Dataset during the 2022 Health Datapalooza and National Health Policy Conference. The release offers the most detailed and up-to-date picture of patient-sharing relationships between all Medicare providers in the US healthcare system. This public use file provides some of the most timely and necessary insights into…

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NPI to contact domain data release

By Alma Trotter / April 20, 2021

CareSet Journal is releasing data that links NPI records to the contact domains submitted by providers in their NPI applications. For example, when Jane Smith applied for an NPI, she provided a contact email of “”. In this data, her NPI will be listed alongside the domain of “”. If you want to dive straight…

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I got the COVID-19 vaccine and this is what happened

By Alma Trotter / March 3, 2021

I am a Mexicana, and I participated in one of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trials! Unfortunately, I was a placebo arm. Now, I’m fully vaccinated! This is my experience after receiving both injections.  There have been efforts by the FDA to increase the participation of historically underrepresented groups in clinical trials. Kaiser Health News discussed how…

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COVID-19, Data and Nursing Homes

By Alma Trotter / July 28, 2020

In my last post, I briefly touched on COVID-19 and older adults. In this post, I will take a short, basic data tour of the skilled nursing home COVID-19 data made available by the CDC.  COVID-19 and Nursing Homes Late February, in Washington state, Stat News reported the first COVID-19 death in a nursing facility,…

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New Open Data Rules Webinar Recap

By Alma Trotter / April 2, 2020

On March 9th, 2020, HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized two open data rules: CMS’ interoperability and patient access rule ONC’s Cures Act Hosted by Ogilvy Consulting, several industry leaders discussed the new rules and what they mean for patients, providers,…

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Hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19

By Alma Trotter / March 26, 2020

People are talking about hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus. And others are looking to grab some for personal use. But what is it, and can it help the thousands of people currently fighting the virus?   What is Hydroxychloroquine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes chloroquine as a medicine that treats and prevents malaria.…

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Fred teaches a data class at Health Datapalooza

CareSet Leads at Health Datapalooza/National Health Policy Conference

By Alma Trotter / February 20, 2020

This year Academy Health co-located the National Health Policy Conference with Health Datapalooza. It was well executed. There were lots of great concurrent break-out sessions. Because of that, people had a hard time choosing which health data and policy sessions to attend. Some chose to divide their time between two. This is a high level summary of events from the conference.

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DocGraph Journal Now CareSet Journal, New Website, and New Office

By Alma Trotter / August 20, 2019

A lot has happened over the past half-year at CareSet. We’ve moved offices, we’re rebuilding our website, and we have renamed CareSet Labs to CareSet Journal. Read on for more! We’ve moved! It has been quite the journey at the Texas Medical Center. We started as a cohort in their X program, learning how to…

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Washington Post Shares DEA Pain Pills Database

By Alma Trotter / July 19, 2019

“For the first time a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration that tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States – by manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city – has been made public.” -Washington Post, Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database In six years,…

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CareSet reflects, recharges during mid-year review

By Alma Trotter / July 1, 2019

Last week at CareSet we had our annual mid-year review. I was not in attendance last year, nor were a lot of current employees. We have nearly doubled in size over the last twelve months and we are still growing. A mid-year review is aptly named. We are in the middle. We reflect on the…

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