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Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Health Care Financing Administration
This data collection is the first in a series of data releases planned from the ongoing Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). The MCBS is a continuous, multipurpose survey of a representative sample of the Medicare population. Sample persons are interviewed three times a year over several years to form a continuous profile of their health care experience. Field work for Round 1 began in September of 1991 and was completed in December. New rounds, which involve reinterviewing the same sample persons (or other appropriate respondents), begin every four months. Interviews are conducted regardless of whether the sample person resides at home or in a long-term care facility, using the questionnaire version appropriate to the setting. This first-round interview captured baseline information about the Medicare population, including their demographic characteristics (date of birth, sex, race, education, military service, and marital status), health status and functioning, insurance coverage, financial resources, and family support. Round 1 of the community interview, which questioned respondents living at home, also included a topical supplement on access to medical care, sources of medical care, and satisfaction with medical care.
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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Care Financing Administration. MEDICARE CURRENT BENEFICIARY SURVEY, CALENDAR YEAR 1991: [UNITED STATES]. Baltimore, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Health Care Financing Administration [producer], 1992. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1993. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06118.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06118.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: aging population, beneficiaries, death, economic issues, health care access, health care services, health expenditures, health insurance, health services utilization, health status, medical care, Medicare, older adults, payment methods, social support
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Medicare beneficiaries.
Data Types: survey data, and administrative records data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) The National Claims History dictionary elements are available in hardcopy form only. (2) On March 13, 1997, the HCFA withdrew the Billing Records data (Parts 19-24) from distribution.
Sample: Respondents were sampled from the Medicare enrollment file to be representative of the Medicare population as a whole and by age group: under 45, 45-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, and 85 and over. Because of interest in their special health care needs, the oldest old (85 and over) and the disabled (64 and under) were oversampled to permit detailed analysis of these subpopulations. The sample was drawn from 107 primary sampling units (PSUs) chosen to represent the nation, including 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, with a second stage of 1,163 geographic clusters randomly drawn within those PSUs. The sample is replenished annually for attrition, as well as for newly eligible persons. The Round 1 MCBS sample consisted of 14,530 Medicare beneficiaries, for whom 12,677 interviews were completed. The response rate for the first round was 87 percent, yielding 11,735 community interviews and 942 facility interviews.
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personal interviews and the Health Care Financing Administration's national claims history database (NCH)
Original ICPSR Release: 1993-10-11
- 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 26 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
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