172448 MEPS Utilization and Expenditure Data

Sunday, October 26, 2008: 10:00 AM

Joel Cohen, PhD , Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, AHRQ, Rockville, MD
The purpose of this presentation is to provide information regarding the details of the expenditure and source of payment data, and other visit level information included on the eight MEPS public use event files produced annually: inpatient stays, emergency room, outpatient, office-based, and dental visits. Also included will be home health, prescribed medicines and other medical expenses. Summary person level use and expenditure variables will also be discussed . Research examples using MEPS utilization and expenditure data will be presented.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to identify eight different MEPS event files and describe their usage, as well as differences and similarities between the files.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 19 years experience in operational and analytic oversight of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.