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Abstract Details

Activity Number: 292
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Health Policy Statistics Section
Abstract - #307447
Title: Assessing the Accuracy of Prescription Drug Data for Medicare Beneficiaries in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
Author(s): Marc Zodet*+ and Samuel Zuvekas and Steven Hill and Edward Miller
Companies: AHRQ and AHRQ and AHRQ and AHRQ
Address: 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD, 20850,
Keywords: prescription drug data ; MEPS ; administrative data ; Medicare

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) has detailed information on prescription drug use and expenditures for a nationally representative sample of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population. The data are collected from both household respondents and pharmacies. We evaluate drug use reported by household respondents and expenditures reported by pharmacies using a linked sample of 1,815 Medicare beneficiaries in MEPS and their Medicare administrative data. Our analyses assess the concordance between (1) the number of drugs and prescription drug fills reported by the household in MEPS versus the numbers in the administrative data, and (2) the out-of-pocket and Medicare expenditures reported by pharmacies in MEPS versus expenditures in Medicare claims.

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