The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) is a set of
large-scale surveys of families and individuals, their medical
providers, and employers across the United States. MEPS is the most complete
source of data on the cost and use of health care and health insurance
coverage. Learn more about MEPS.
Registration is now OPEN for the MEPS Data Users' Workshop, April 10, 2018, Rockville, MD. More details. . .
Analytical Tools New interface for redesigned MEPS tables is now live! AHRQ has redesigned the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component summary tables to be more user friendly. The interface has been revamped to make navigation easier through multiple queries. New features include the ability to view trends over time, automated plot generation, and R and SAS code to replicate the selected tables. The online summary tables now provide an interactive platform that allows users to quickly access summary estimates at the national level on household medical utilization and expenditures, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, health insurance coverage, access to care and satisfaction with care, medical conditions, and prescribed medicine purchases.
MEPS summary tables for Prescribed Drugs have been updated to include 1996-2013 data. These online summary tables provide updated information about prescription drug use and expenditures by therapeutic class and drug.
New Publications Statistical Brief 509: Characteristics of Practices Used as Usual Source of Care Providers during 2015, by Age-Results from the MEPS Medical Organizations Survey
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' 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, quality of care, and expenditures. This is the first Federal survey that has the capability of directly linking practice characteristics with patients' experiences. Estimates presented in this Brief reflect the characteristics of people in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population who had a USC that was a physician in an office based setting and who visited that USC in 2015 by age. The MEPS MOS was funded in part by support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the data were collected for the first time for calendar year 2015.
New Data Files 2016 Full Year Population Characteristics File (HC-184) consists of MEPS survey data obtained in Rounds 3 through 5 of Panel 20 and Rounds 1 through 3 of Panel 21, the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2016, and contains variables pertaining to survey administration, demographic, person-level conditions, health status, disability days, quality of care, employment, health insurance, and person-level medical care use counts. The file is released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and STATA programming statements, and in SAS Transport format.
2016 Jobs File (HC-185) consists of job-related information collected in Rounds 3 through 5 of Panel 20 and Rounds 1 through 3 of Panel 21, the rounds for the MEPS panels covering calendar year 2016, and contains variables pertaining to earnings by type, start and stop dates, hours and weeks worked, establishment size and industry, occupation, presence of retirement and other benefits, self-employment versus other status, temporary or seasonal situations, and health insurance availability. The file is released as an ASCII file with SAS, SPSS, and STATA programming statements, and in SAS Transport format.
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