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Medical Provider Component (MPC) Data Collection Schedule


Annually, the MPC collects data for the following provider types: Hospitals, Office-Based Providers, Institutions, Home Health Agencies, Pharmacies, and Separately Billing Doctors (SBDs). During 2016, data collection of 2015 data for MPC provider types was conducted on a staggered schedule. Data for all provider types except Separately Billing Doctors (SBDs) began at the end of January. Hospitals, Office-Based Providers, Institutions, Home Health Agencies, four non-Pharmacy provider types ended data collection in October while Pharmacy data collection ended in November. Separately Billing Doctors (SBDs) was the last provider type to be collected, beginning in July and ending the following year in January 2017.

MPC sample files are extracted from the main Household sample at several different times during year. These file extractions are called waves. Files for SBDs were collected in four (4) waves. Files for the rest of the provider types including pharmacies were collected in three (3) waves.


2015 MPC Data Collection Schedule

Provider Type

Start of First MPC Wave

Start of Last MPC Wave

End of MPC Data Collection

Number of Waves

Total Weeks

Hospitals

01/29/2016

07/22/2016

10/14/2016

3

37

Office-Based Doctors

01/29/2016

07/22/2016

10/14/2016

3

37

Institutions

01/29/2016

08/05/2016

10/14/2016

3

37

Home Health Agencies

01/29/2016

08/05/2016

10/14/2016

3

37

Pharmacies

01/20/2016

07/15/2016

11/18/2016

3

42

SBDs

07/22/2016

11/18/2016

01/13/2017

4

23