In MEPS, hospital care information are collected for each type of hospital setting (emergency room, inpatient, and outpatient department). Hospital inpatient stays/visits/use/events include information on operations, whether the stay begin with ER visit, the number of nights in a hospital, reason for the stay, conditions related to the inpatient stay, and whether the stay took place in a VA facility. Expenditures for hospital inpatient services consist of payments from all sources such as direct payments from individuals, private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Workers┐ Compensation, and miscellaneous other sources. Expenditures typically incorporate those for facility and separately billed physicians'
services and expenses for emergency room services
that immediately preceded a hospital stay. Hospital Inpatient Stays Files are available as part of the event-level files
. Information summarized to the person-level is available on the full-year consolidated files under the Household Full Year Files