AHRQ Solicitation: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) – Household Component (HC)

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component (HC), Medical Provider Component (MPC), and Insurance Component (IC), which began in 1996, is a set of large-scale surveys of families and individuals (MEPS-HC), their medical providers (doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, etc.) (MEPS-MPC), and employers across the United States (MEPS-IC). MEPS collects data on the specific health services that Americans use, how frequently they use them, the cost of these services, and how they are paid for, as well as data on the cost, scope, and breadth of health insurance held by and available to U.S. workers.

During the household interviews, MEPS-HC collects the following detailed information for each person in the household: demographic characteristics, health conditions, health status, use of medical services, charges and source of payments, access to care, satisfaction with care, health insurance coverage, income, and employment. Data collection consists of contacting upwards of 14,500 households (representing 35,000 individuals) five times over a two and a half year period for face-to-face interviews. The interviewer workforce would consist of approximately 350 interviewers employed throughout the United States (approximately 200 primary sampling units to be provided to the contractor once appropriate security measures are in place). The survey itself is conducted through the use of a computer assisted personal interview (CAPI)…

The contractor shall perform the following types of services under this contract:

Survey/project management

  • Continue operation of MEPS-HC
  • Preparation of MEPS-HC documentation
  • Liaison with MEPS-HC principals
  • Cooperation and liaison with MEPS-MPC contractor assuring timely file transfers for editing/imputation work
  • Cooperation with AHRQ to obtain clearances
  • Meeting arrangements…

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