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   Comparing MEPS Use and Expenditure Estimates for the Privately Insured to Truven MarketScan® and OptumLabsTM Claims Data, 2008-2013
Product type:
   Working Paper 17001
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   October 20, 2017
   The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a widely used national resource for conducting descriptive, behavioral, and simulation analyses to inform health care policy. AHRQ continually conducts methodological investigations to assess the quality of the data collected in the MEPS. These investigations identify potential improvements in data collection procedures. They also inform the research community about strengths and limitations of the MEPS and provide guidance on methods for enhancing MEPS data for use in health care policy analyses and simulations. This study compares the 2008-2013 MEPS to private insurance claims data in the MarketScan database and in the OptumLabs Data Warehouse (OLDW) to assess the potential for underreporting of health care use and underrepresentation of persons with high expenditures in the MEPS.
   Samuel H. Zuvekas, PhD
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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MEPS Topics:
   Health Care Costs/Expenditures
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   data_files/publications/workingpapers/wp_17001.pdf (1.7 MB)
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