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AHCPR announces MEPS workshops

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research will host a series of three, 3-hour workshops in the fall of 1999 to enhance the use of data from AHCPR's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). The workshops will help health services researchers and others who use MEPS data understand the unique analytic opportunities provided by MEPS, as well as the complexities of MEPS data file linkages. The first workshop will be held at AHCPR's Rockville, MD, headquarters in September 1999; a second workshop will be held in Chicago in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in November 1999; and the third workshop is planned for December in conjunction with the International Conference on Health Policy Statistics in Santa Monica, CA. The schedule and registration information are:

  • September 24, 1999, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    AHCPR, Rockville, MD
    Self-registration via E-mail mepsdp@ahrq.gov
    Registration due by August 13, 1999 (no fee)
  • November 6, 1999, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
    Meeting registration required, plus a $50.00 fee for three continuing education credits. Visit the APHA Web site (http://www.apha.org) for registration information.
  • December 5, 1999, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    International Conference on Health Policy Statistics, Santa Monica, CA. Sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA)
    Conference registration required; no additional fee for workshop attendance. Visit the ASA Web site (http://www.amstat.org) for registration information.

In addition, AHCPR is planning a 3-day workshop to be held in spring 2000. This workshop will include a 2-day session on working with the MEPS Household Component data and a 1-day session focused on working with the MEPS Nursing Home Component data. Participants in this workshop will also have the opportunity to do hands-on programming during the daily lab sessions. Information on registration and workshop content will be announced in Research Activities as it becomes available.

MEPS is a vital new resource designed to continually provide health service researchers, policymakers, health care administrators, businesses, and others with timely, comprehensive information about health care use and costs in the United States and to improve the accuracy of their economic projections. The MEPS Household Component includes a core questionnaire with periodic supplements, a medical provider survey, and an insurance survey.

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