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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS HC) Support

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Request for Proposals

Solicitation No. AHRQ-08-10004

Proposals Due: February 14, 2008, 12 noon Eastern time.

Project Officer: Jeff Rhoades, Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends (CFACT)

Contracting Office: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Contracts Management, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; Mary Haines, Contracting Officer

The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available for download (Select to access Downloading Information) and at the Federal Business Opportunities Web page: It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Web sites where the RFP will be posted to learn about any amendments to the solicitation.


The Contractor will be responsible for collecting editing and inputting data collected from Households. The Contractor will also be responsible for survey weight and estimation variable development and construction as well as analytic file development, including documentation and codebooks. The contract will be performance based for an initial period of performance of three and one-half years with three three-year options and four options for product delivery, under North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 541720. The requirement is advertised on a full and open competition basis.

The primary objective of the MEPS HC is to provide high quality data that can be used to produce both point estimates as well as distributional estimates of health care use, medical expenditures, health insurance status and sources of payment for medical care. In addition, the MEPS HC is designed to produce measures of health care quality associated with several high prevalence conditions. The health care services use, medical expenditures, and health insurance data can also be linked to the demographic, employment, economic, and health status of survey participants. The longitudinal feature of the MEPS HC permits analyses of transitions in health insurance coverage, health status, and other characteristics over a two year period. Offerors must meet requirements of the Pro-Children Act of 1994, Buy American Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Privacy Act, Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), federal policy for the protection of human research subjects (45CFR46) which will include an Institutional Review Board (IRB) review, and the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Tasks will revolve around the MEPS-HC which collects detailed information on health care use and payment for health care services from a nationally representative sample of the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population. In the MEPS HC, data are collected for each new sample panel of households to cover a two-year period, and a new panel is started each year. To produce health care estimates for a calendar year, data are combined across two distinct nationally representative MEPS HC samples. More specifically, annual estimates are based on data from the first year of a current panel combined with data from the second year of a previous year's panel.

The contractor has been Westat, located at 1650 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD, 20850, 301-251-1500 since the initial year of MEPS, 1996.

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  • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS HC) Support: Request for Proposals (Word File, 1 MB).
  • Amendment 1—Answers to Questions (Word File, 60 KB).
  • Amendment 2—Corrections (Word File, 36 KB).

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