Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey to conduct research on Medicare-eligible veterans.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Medicare (Surveys)
Veterans (Surveys)
Medical care, Cost of (Surveys)
Medical research (Surveys)
Medicine, Experimental (Surveys)
Author: Jonk, Yvonne
Pub Date: 12/30/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development Publisher: Department of Veterans Affairs Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs ISSN: 0748-7711
Issue: Date: Dec 30, 2010 Source Volume: 47 Source Issue: 8
Product: Product Code: E198380 Veterans; 8000200 Medical Research; 9105220 Health Research Programs; 8000240 Epilepsy & Muscle Disease R&D NAICS Code: 54171 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 246450394

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.

Yvonne Jonk, PhD, et al.
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