TABLE B.1 Federal Data Sources for Information on Health Insurance, Health Care Utilization, and Health Status

Federal Data Source

Department

Agency

Data Type

Data Collection Frequency

Description

Current Population Survey

DOC

Bureau of the Census

Survey, households

Monthly

Primary source of detailed information on income work experience in the U.S. for the civilian, noninstitutional population ages 15 years and older. Annual March Supplement used to generate U.S. Population Profile and labor market profile and to make employment projections. Data gathered include employment status, income, poverty status, education and sources of health insurance and noncash income (e.g., food stamps).

Medicaid Data System

DHHS

HCFA

Record

Continuous

The primary sources for Medicaid statistical data are the HCFA 2082 and the HCFA 64 reports. HCFA 2082, or Medicaid program statistics, is the basic source of reported data on the Medicaid population characteristics and utilization. HCFA 64, or Medicaid financial statistics, is a statement of actual expenditures for Medicaid programs that states submit to HCFA each quarter (includes payments to disproportionate share hospitals).

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey

DHHS

AHCPR

Four surveys

Longitudinal, overlapping panel design; new panel each year. Data collected over two-year period.

Four national probability surveys: Household Component, Insurance Component, Medical Provider Component, and the Nursing Home Component. Collects information on health care use, expenditures, sources of payment, insurance coverage, and nursing homes and residents.

National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

DHHS

CDC

Record

Annual

Provides statistics on the demographic characteristics of patients and the services provided, including information on diagnostic procedures, patient management, and planned future treatment.



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