Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

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February 17, 2016

Topic/focus: Medicare
Year(s): 2011 (other years are available but only 2011 data is loaded)
Source: CMS Study and sample characteristics:
Universe: Medicare Beneficiary
Variables: 10,901 respondents across 67 tables
Access: Private use database request access with Walter
Cost: $
Key web links:
Summary:The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) is a continuous, multipurpose survey of a nationally representative sample of the Medicare population, conducted by the Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA) of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) through a contract with NORC at the University of Chicago. The central goals of MCBS are to determine expenditures and sources of payment for all services used by Medicare beneficiaries, including co-payments, deductibles, and non-covered services; to ascertain all types of health insurance coverage and relate coverage to sources of payment; and to trace processes over time, such as changes in health status and spending down to Medicaid eligibility and the impacts of program changes, satisfaction with care, and usual source of care.