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MEPS Topics: Outpatient Visits/Use/Events and Expenditures
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Outpatient 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). An outpatient department visit/use/event is any visit made during the person's reference period to a hospital outpatient department, such as a unit of a hospital, or a facility connected with a hospital, providing health and medical services to individuals who receive services from the hospital but do not require hospitalization overnight. Examples of outpatient clinics include well-baby clinics/pediatric OPD; obesity clinics; eye, ear, nose, and throat clinics; family planning clinics; cardiology clinics; internal medicine departments; alcohol and drug abuse clinics; physical therapy clinics; and radiation therapy clinics. Hospital outpatient departments may also provide general primary care. Outpatient 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. Outpatient expenditures data may be broken out by facility and separately billing doctor expenditures. Outpatient Department 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 tables specifically on outpatient visits and expenditures, go to the Table 7 series of the Expenditures by Health Care Service tables and 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 outpatient visit/use/event and expenditures. Select the Hospital Outpatient Visits variables within the Utilization, Expenditures, and SOP Variable 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 Use and Expenditures for Cancer Treatment among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011 
Statistical Brief #443 
Use of Ambulatory Care among Children, 1999 and 2009 
Statistical Brief #384 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Medicare Beneficiaries, Age 65 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #363 
Expenditures for the Top Five Therapeutic Classes of Outpatient Prescription Drugs, Adults Age 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #362 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2009 
Statistical Brief #355 
Variance Estimation from MEPS Event Files 
Methodology Report #26 
Expenses and Characteristics of Physician Visits in Different Ambulatory Care Settings, 2008 
Statistical Brief #318 
Prescription Drug Estimates for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2005 and 2006 
Statistical Brief #240 
Trends in Outpatient Prescription Analgesics Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 1996 and 2006 
Statistical Brief #235 
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 
National Health Care Expenses in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2006 
Statistical Brief #229 
Arthritis: Use and Expenditures among U.S. Adult Noninstitutionalized Population, 2005 
Statistical Brief #222 
Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the Non-Federal Workforce, by Industry Classification, 2006 
Statistical Brief #219 
Co-pays, Deductibles, and Coinsurance Percentages for Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in the State and Local Government Workforce, by Census Division, 2006 
Statistical Brief #218 
Antidepressants Prescribed by Medical Doctors in Office Based and Outpatient Settings by Specialty for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #206 
Trends in Statins Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2000 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #205 
Health Care Expenses for Adults with Chronic Conditions, 2005 
Statistical Brief #203 
Premiums in the Individual Health Insurance Market for Policyholders under Age 65: 2002 and 2005 
Statistical Brief #202 
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