Public dataset highlights: Medicare

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

This is a bit late, as last week's Data is Plural came out while I was attending the APHA Annual Meeting in Denver, but I still wanted to highlight the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey data that was featured:
Medicare beneficiaries. The U.S. government’s Medicare Health Outcomes Survey tracks the “physical and mental health and well-being” of Americans covered by Medicare. Each survey, currently available for 1998–2000 to 2012–2014, follows a sample of Medicare beneficiaries for two years, and asks them questions along the lines of, “In the past 12 months, have you had a problem with balance or walking?” The 2012–2014 data includes (at least partial) responses from 296,320 people.

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