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MEPS Topics: Medical Conditions
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Medical Conditions
Description: In MEPS, a medical condition is defined as a physical or mental health problem that can be identified by a health care professional by examining a patient and using tests. Certain conditions have been designated as priority conditions (PRIOLIST=1) because of their prevalence, expense, or relevance to policy. Some are long-term, life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, emphysema, high cholesterol, hypertension, ishemic heart disease, and stroke. Others are chronic manageable conditions, including arthritis, and asthma. Conditions data were collected from household respondents during each round as verbatim text and coded by professional coders using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision. Medical Conditions Files are available as full year files.
Data tables: For tables specifically on medical conditions, go the Expenditures by Medical Condition tables of the HC Summary Data Tables.
Analytic tools: No medical conditions variables are available in the MEPSnet query tools at this time.
Audioicon AHRQ Podcasts: Healthcare 411 Series: The Nation's 10 Most Expensive Medical Conditions 00:53 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Headaches 01:27 (MM:SS)
Healthcare 411 Series: Adults with Chronic Diseases Continue to Smoke 00:53 (MM:SS)
Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
The Five Most Costly Children's Conditions, 2006: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17 
Statistical Brief #242 
Total Medical and Prescription Expenditures by Current Asthma Status and Whether Asthma Daily Preventive Medicine Is Being Taken, United States, 2006 
Statistical Brief #241 
Asthma Preventive Medicine in 2006 - Who Takes Them? 
Statistical Brief #237 
The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ordered by Total Expense for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006 
Statistical Brief #238 
The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006 
Statistical Brief #232 
Ear Infections (Otitis Media) in Children (0-17): Use and Expenditures, 2006 
Statistical Brief #228 
Influenza Immunization Rates for Selected at Risk Populations among the U.S. Adult Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006 
Statistical Brief #226 
Arthritis: Use and Expenditures among U.S. Adult Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #222 
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 
Comparing Population Characteristics of Persons Purchasing Prescribed Drugs from Mail Order Pharmacies with Persons Purchasing Prescribed Drugs from Other Outlets, 2005 
Statistical Brief #200 
The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for the Medicare Population Age 65 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #199 
The Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs Ranked by Total Expense for Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #198 
Estimating the Cost of Illness: The Case of Diabetes 
Working Paper #8001 
Average Annual Health Care Use and Expenses for Shingles among the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2003-2005 
Statistical Brief #194 
Screening Colonoscopy among the U.S. Noninstitutionalized Adult Population Age 50 and Older, 2005 
Statistical Brief #188 
Cholesterol Screening among the U.S. Noninstitutionalized Adult Population Age 20 and Older, 2005 
Statistical Brief #187 
Aspirin Use among the Adult U.S. Noninstitutionalized Population, with and without Indicators of Heart Disease, 2005 
Statistical Brief #179 
The Five Most Costly Conditions, 2000 and 2004: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #167 
Personal Health Behaviors for Heart Disease Prevention among the U.S. Adult Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2004 
Statistical Brief #165 
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