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   MEPS Medical Provider Component Medical Organizations Survey:
Is a Linked Survey Strategy More Successful In Getting Office Based Medical Providers to Participate in a Survey?
Product type:
   Working Paper 17002
MEPS component:
   Household Component
Publication date:
   December 8, 2017
   The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) supplemental Medical Organizations Survey (MOS) is designed to provide nationally representative estimates of the characteristics of patients' office based usual sources of care (USC) and to support analyses of the association between practice characteristics and patients' experiences with care, including access to care, service use and expenditures, and quality of care. An understanding of the organizational characteristics of office-based physicians and how those characteristics relate to quality of care as well as health care utilization and costs is essential when discussing policies to promote high-quality and efficient healthcare delivery. This paper will present underlying design considerations of the MOS instrument development and data collection strategy. It will include discussion of successes and challenges of the linked survey approach and will present response rates by question and respondent category (i.e., the respondent's role in the provider organization). Finally, we discuss item non-response and the analytic potential of the data. This MEPS MOS is the first Federal survey that has the capability of directly linking practice characteristics with patients' experiences. The MEPS MOS was funded in part by support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
   Marie N. Stagnitti, MPA and Kathryn Dowd
   Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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MEPS Topics:
   Access to Health Care, Health Care Disparities, Quality of Health Care
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   data_files/publications/workingpapers/wp_17002.pdf (1.1 MB)
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