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Data Overview

On this page: Household Component - Medical Provider Component - Insurance Component - Nursing Home Component

MEPS currently has two major components for which data are released: the Household Component and the Insurance Component. The Household Component data are based on questionnaires fielded to individual household members and their medical providers. The Insurance Component estimates come from a survey of employers conducted to collect health insurance plan information. (In 1996 only, MEPS also included a Nursing Home Component that gathered information from a sample of nursing homes and residents. These data are only available through the AHRQ Data Center or through one of the Census Bureau's Research Data Centers.)

To find information on this site for particular topics of interest, go to MEPS topics. For health services researchers who have a background or interest in using national health survey data files, AHRQ conducts several workshops throughout the year.

Household Component

Household Component data are available online, on CD-ROM, and at the AHRQ Data Center or one of the Census Bureau's Research Data Centers.

Online:

CD-ROM: Order public use data and documentation files on CD-ROM from AHRQ.

Restricted data files: Researchers with approved projects can access household component data files not available for public use at the AHRQ Data Center, located in Rockville, Maryland, or at one of the Census Bureau's Research Data Centers. Except for directly identifiable data, all data elements collected in the Household Component that have not been publicly released are available at the Data Center.

Medical Provider Component

MEPS Medical Provider Component data are available at the AHRQ Data Center only.

MPC data is not designed to yield national estimated and is not intended to be an independent sample of providers for estimation purposes. MPC data are used solely for editing and imputation purposes of the Household Component data. MPC data are not released as stand alone files.

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Insurance Component

Insurance Component data are available online (in tabular form only) and at the Census Bureau Research Data Centers. Due to confidentiality rules, data files for the Insurance Component are not available for public release. There are no projected estimates made for the Insurance Component.

Online:

Census Bureau Research Data Centers: Researchers with approved projects can access confidential Insurance Component list sample data files (research version) at the Census Bureau Research Data Centers. Detailed information on using these research facilities is available on the Census Bureau's Research Data Center Program Web site


Nursing Home Component

The 1996 Nursing Home Component data files are not available for public use, but researchers with approved projects can access the files at the AHRQ Data Center, located in Rockville, Maryland, or at one of the Census Bureau's Research Data Centers.

Online:

CD-ROM: Nursing Home data files are only available through the AHRQ Data Center or one of the Census Bureau's Research Data Centers. Documentation for these files is available on-line by accessing the Nursing Home links on CD-ROM from AHRQ.

Restricted data files: Researchers with approved projects can access nursing home component data files not available for public use at the AHRQ Data Center, located in Rockville, Maryland, or at one of the Census Bureau's Research Data Centers.

More current information on nursing homes from other sources: A list of other sources (Web sites, publications) that provide information on nursing homes.

 

 
   Page last revised:  August 26, 2009