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MEPS Topics: Emergency Room Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
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Emergency Room Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
Description: In MEPS, hospital care information are collected for each type of hospital setting (emergency room, inpatient, and outpatient department). Emergency Room (ER) visits/use/events include any visit made during the person's reference period to a hospital emergency room. MEPS collects information on the health conditions requiring emergency room care, medical services provided, any surgical procedures performed, prescribed medicines, and the physicians and surgeons providing emergency room care. ER expenditures in MEPS are defined as the sum of payments for care received for each emergency room visit, including out-of-pocket payments and payments made by private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and other sources. ER expenditures include expenses for emergency room visits whether or not they resulted in hospital admissions. ER Expenditure data may be broken out by facility and separately billing doctor expenditures. Emergency Room Visits 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.
Data tables: For information specific to emergency room visits/use/events and expenditures, refer to the Table 6 series of the Expenditures by Health Care Service tables and the Emergency Room Visits columns of the Expenditures by Medical Condition tables of the HC Summary Data Tables.
Analytic tools: You can use the MEPSnet/HC query tool to generate your own estimates for emergency room visits and expenditures. Select the Hospital Emergency Room Visits variables within the Utilization, Expenditures, and SOP Variable category Group of the Variable Selection Query Tab.
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Insurance Coverage of Ambulatory Care Visits in the Last Six Months of 2011-13 and 2014, by Medicaid Expansion Status 
Statistical Brief #494 
Expenditures for Commonly Treated Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2013 
Statistical Brief #487 
Trends in the Five Most Costly Conditions among the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 and 2012 
Statistical Brief #470 
Expenditures for Mental Health among Adults, Ages 18-64, 2009-2011: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #454 
Trends in Use and Expenditures for Cancer Treatment among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011 
Statistical Brief #443 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #355 
Expenses and Characteristics of Physician Visits in Different Ambulatory Care Settings, 2008 
Statistical Brief #318 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006 
Statistical Brief #229 
Allergic Rhinitis: Trends in Use and Expenditures, 2000 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #204 
Health Care Expenses for Adults with Chronic Conditions, 2005 
Statistical Brief #203 
Variation in Ambulatory Health Care Visits and Visits for General Checkup by Demographic Characteristics and Insurance Status, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Ages 18-64, 2005 
Statistical Brief #201 
Demographics and Health Care Access and Utilization of Limited-English-Proficient and English-Proficient Hispanics 
Research Findings #28 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #193 
Estimates of Health Care Expenditures for the 10 Largest States, 2005 
Statistical Brief #192 
A Methodological Comparison of Ambulatory Health Care Data Collected in Two National Surveys 
Working Paper #7001 
Estimates of Health Care Expenditures for the 10 Largest States, 2004 
Statistical Brief #151 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2004 
Statistical Brief #149 
New Estimates of the Demand for Physical and Mental Health Treatment 
Working Paper #6008 
Average Annual Health Care Use and Expenses for Influenza, 2001-2003 
Statistical Brief #116 
Health Service Use and Expenses for Migraines and Other Headaches, 2002-03 (Average Annual Estimates) 
Statistical Brief #115 
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