Online Program

Steps in Developing an Analytical File

Sunday, November 1, 2015 : 9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Jeffrey A. Rhoades, PhD, Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
The proposed session will present a variety of potential topic areas that could be addressed through the use of MEPS data: access to care; health care utilization for policy relevant groups; trends in health care expenditures; current health status and changes over time; and health insurance status at a point in time as well as trends over time. Participants will be encouraged to volunteer research or health policy projects of interest. Demonstrations will follow to illustrate the steps necessary to address identified research questions.  Additionally, a discussion pertaining to variable naming conventions and the use and meaning of reserve codes will be provided.

Learning Areas:

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

Learning Objectives:
Describe how to locate relevant MEPS file documentation and codebooks on the MEPS website. List the steps needed to initiate a research or health policy project using MEPS.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on the MEPS (and related surveys) survey for over 15 years and have served on the faculty of numerous MEPS workshops. I have made over 25 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.