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Study Report

Study Number: QG-065-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1988

Subject Area: Medical and Health

Bibliographic Citation: Comparative analysis of small and large group health care utilization and costs, 1988-1990: [western Pennsylvania].  [machine-readable data file] / Young, Wanda W.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6859

Date Accessioned: 9/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 8

Comments: This study is on ICPSR CD-ROM release PCD97002 (DPLS Media 7181). See the media record for detailed information on the format of this CD-ROM.

Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 9/1/1997

Documentation: Data file(s) are accompanied by SAS or SPSS data definition statements, which can be used to generate system files for SAS or SPSS. Study documentation (including codebook) is provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). See the DPLS Help with PDF Documents for information on this file format. See also the ICPSR Web Site for online access to the study documentation.

Abstract: To investigate whether the use of health care services is a function of firm size, this project assembled longitudinal data on private health insurance claims for firms located in western Pennsylvania. Parts 1-3 are person-level files for health insurance claims and include variables such as contract relationship (contract holder/employee, spouse/dependent), gender, age (less than or equal to 14 years, 14+), utilization type (hospital inpatient, hospital outpatient, professional, major medical), quarter and year of discharge for hospital inpatient utilization, quarter and year of service for hospital outpatient and professional services utilization, length of stay (high, medium, low), type of professional claim (inpatient, outpatient, office, other), and total and average charges (high, medium, low). Firm-level variables in Parts 4-6 include average age, percent of enrollees under age 14, and firm size as measured by the number of contracts or the average number of employed plan participants in three categories (1-50, 51-500, and 500+). Additional firm-level variables are measured as three-tier indices (high, medium, and low): proportions of enrollees with inpatient, outpatient, professional, and major medical utilization, average charge per day and average length of stay for inpatient utilization, average charge per claim for outpatient utilization and for professional services, and average charges per admission and services for major medical utilization.

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