1005.0 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Using MEPS data in health services

Saturday, November 6, 2010: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LI Course
CE Hours: 6 contact hours
Partnership: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Statement of Purpose and Institute Overview: The purpose of this Institute is to facilitate the use of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) public use data files by the health services research community. To meet this objective participants are provided with a general overview of the MEPS, a description of available data files, information about on-line data tools, some examples of the type of research projects the MEPS data can support, and information on constructing analytic data files. Major changes have taken place in the Nation's health care delivery system over the last decade. The most notable is the rapid expansion of managed care arrangements such as health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, and other provider networks that seek to minimize increases in health care costs. The MEPS is a vital national data resource designed to continually provide health service researchers, policymakers, health care administrators, businesses, and others with timely, comprehensive information about health care use and costs in the United States. Newly released MEPS public use files provide analysts with opportunities to create unique analytic files for policy relevant analysis in the field of health services research, such as access to care and health disparities. In order to capture the unparalleled scope and detail of the MEPS, analysts need to understand the complexities of MEPS data files and data file linkages. This workshop will provide the knowledge necessary to formulate research plans utilizing the various MEPS files and linkage capabilities.
Session Objectives: 1) Identify the scope of analytic detail that can be examined with the MEPS data; 2) Describe the strengths of the MEPS; 3) Discuss the structure of different levels of files (i.e. person-, condition-, family-, and event-level files); and 4) Identify the contents of the MEPS web site.

Introductory Remarks
MEPS Overview
Jeffrey A. Rhoades, PhD
MEPS Medical Conditions File
Jeffrey A. Rhoades, PhD
MEPS Use and Expenditure Data
Steven R. Machlin, MS
Lunch (on your own)
MEPS Health Insurance Data
Jeffrey A. Rhoades, PhD
Weights and Estimation
Steven R. Machlin, MS
MEPS Analytic Tools
Jeffrey A. Rhoades, PhD
Developing an Analytical File
Jeffrey A. Rhoades, PhD

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Organized by: APHA-Learning Institute (APHA-LI)

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)