Online Program

MEPS Overview

Sunday, November 1, 2015 : 8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

William Carroll, MA, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD
The purpose of the overview is to provide information on the basic structure and content of the MEPS survey. The discussion will include the following topics: survey design, sampling, data collection methodology, questionnaires, core content: demographics, health and health insurance status, medical conditions, medical utilization and expenditures as well as employment status.  Supplemental questionnaires will be discussed (Self-Administered Questionnaire, Diabetes Care Supplement, and the Cancer Self-Administered Questionnaire) as well. The capabilities and the application process for the AHRQ Data Center will be discussed. Additionally, public use files and publications on the MEPS website will be presented and discussed. This session will facilitate the 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, design and content of the MEPS Survey. Identify the strengths and limitations of using MEPS data for health care and health policy based research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on the MEPS survey for the past 14 years. Additionally, I have served as MEPS workshop faculty over the past ten years on numerous occasions.
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.