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Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey to conduct research on Medicare-eligible veterans

Yvonne Jonk, PhD, et al.

Figure 2. Average number of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) outpatient events per person in Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) and VHA National Patient Care Databases (NPCD) by clinic stops, 1998 to 2002.

This study focuses on the quality of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) data set and its usefulness for conducting research on veterans enrolled in Medicare. The MCBS has been conducted since 1992 and follows samples of the Medicare population for 4 years. Enrollees report their health status, health insurance coverage, healthcare use, billing records, and satisfaction with care. Since the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) does not bill for services, healthcare costs were estimated by the survey sponsors (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services). We compared these cost estimates, as well as self-reported use of health services, with the VHA's healthcare records and cost data sets.

Volume 47 Number 8, 2010
   Pages 797 — 814

This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Jonk Y, O'Connor H, Schult T, Cutting A, Feldman R, Ripley DC, Dowd B. Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey to conduct research on Medicare-eligible veterans. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010;47(8):797-814.
DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2009.10.0174

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