Online Program

MEPS-HC overview

Sunday, November 3, 2013 : 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Anita Soni, PhD, MBA, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
The purpose of the overview is to provide important information on the basic structure of the MEPS survey. The session will provide important information on MEPS data collection, as well as analytical aspects of the survey. This overview will also provide information on different ways MEPS data can be used to answer health care research questions. The discussion will include the following topics: MEPS questionnaires, methodology of data collection, medical conditions data – including chronic and acute conditions, coding, linkage of conditions to events and prescribed drugs; health insurance data including Information on the different types of health insurance estimates which can be produced using MEPS; The appropriate use of weights, and how the use of weights, are mandatory for generating nationally representative estimates with MEPS data will be presented. Paper questionnaires will be distributed (Self-Administered Questionnaire, Diabetes Care Supplement, and the Cancer Self-Administered Questionnaire). Capabilities and processes of the AHRQ Data Center will be discussed. MEPS publications on the MEPS website will be shown and discussed. This session will facilitate further understanding of the household data collected by MEPS and how to use this data to answer questions related to health policy.

Learning Areas:

Biostatistics, economics
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the basic structure included in the MEPS Survey Identify the strengths of using MEPS data for health care related research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 16 years of experience in Project and data management. I have worked on the MEPS survey for over 7 years and have served on the faculty of numerous workshops, have made more than 40 MEPS related presentations at professional meetings and research organizations.
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.