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The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance coverage. Learn more about MEPS.

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What's New Highlights
New Tabular Data
Several tabular data have been updated. Many of the tables are customizable for more in-depth research.

The updates include the 2013 Expenditures per Event by Health Care Service Type Tables and 2013 Quality of Care Tables. Additionally, 2013 Expenditures per Person by Health Care Service Tables, 2013 Access to Care Tables, and 2013 MEPSnet/Household Component Data can be accessed.

New Data Files
This two-year longitudinal file, MEPS HC-164: MEPS Panel 17 Longitudinal Data File, derives from respondents to the Panel 17 sample from MEPS. Persons in data set represent those in the MEPS population for all or part of the 2012-2013 period.

This updated file provides combined variance stratum and PSU variables for use with pooled data from the MEPS Full Year 1996-2013 public use files MEPS HC-036: MEPS 1996-2013 Pooled Linkage Variance Estimation File.

This updated file provides balanced repeated replication (BRR) half-sample indicators for variance estimation for use with pooled or individual year data from the MEPS Full Year 1996-2013 public use files MEPS HC-036BRR: MEPS 1996-2013 Replicates for Variance Estimation File.

New Publications
While the overall mean expense for an office-based physician visit in 2013 was $228, mean expenses per visit ranged across specialty types (from $143 to $310). The means for primary care providers (general practitioners, family practitioners, and internists), pediatricians, and psychiatrists were below the national average while those for visits to ophthalmologists, cardiologists, and physicians exceeded the overall mean. – From Statistical Brief 484: Expenses for Office-Based Physician Visits by Specialty, 2013

About half of poor adults with multiple chronic conditions reported that their providers always spent enough time with them. This was lower than middle or high income adults (54.5 percent and 55.8 percent, respectively). – From Statistical Brief 483: Experiences with Health Care Providers during Non-Emergency Care among Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012

Among elderly adults with two or more chronic conditions, those with Medicare and other public insurance reported at lower rates that they needed to see a specialist compared to those with Medicare only or those with both Medicare and private insurance (56.7 percent versus 64.6 and 66.9 percent, respectively). – From Statistical Brief 482: Specialist Need and Access among Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012

To access a list of all the latest items posted on our Web site, visit What's New.

Health Data All-Star, 2013