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Your participation as a hospital, physician, home health care provider or some other medical specialist will contribute to an important effort to develop an accurate and comprehensive picture of health care expenditures in the United States.

The medical provider data provide answers to many important questions. For example:
  • How much of hospital cost is covered by insurance?
  • How much do people pay out of pocket for their office-based physician care?
  • What conditions are being treated by home health care providers?
  • What types of health care services are people receiving from nurse practitioners?
The availability and cost of health care is an issue of major concern to individuals and families, to employers, to health care providers, and to public and private policymakers across the country. For private planning as well as for public policy decisions, we all benefit from having accurate information available to inform our deliberations. By signing the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) HIPAA-compliant Authorization Form, your customers have asked you to share their data with the study.



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