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MEPS Topics: Medical Conditions
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Medical Conditions
Description: In MEPS, a medical condition is defined as a physical or mental health problem that can be identified by a health care professional by examining a patient and using tests. Certain conditions have been designated as priority conditions (PRIOLIST=1) because of their prevalence, expense, or relevance to policy. Some are long-term, life-threatening conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, emphysema, high cholesterol, hypertension, ishemic heart disease, and stroke. Others are chronic manageable conditions, including arthritis, and asthma. Conditions data were collected from household respondents during each round as verbatim text and coded by professional coders using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision. Medical Conditions Files are available as full year files.
Data tables: Medical conditions-related tables are available in an interactive format on the Household Component Summary Tables platform.
Analytic tools: No medical conditions variables are available in the MEPSnet query tools at this time.
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Publications: Publications are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first).
Average Annual Opioid Use among Adults Treated for Conditions Associated with Chronic Pain versus Other Conditions, 2013-2015 
Research Findings #43 
Reported Diagnosis and Prescription Utilization Related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children Ages 5-17, 2008-2015 
Statistical Brief #514 
Concentration of Health Expenditures and Selected Characteristics of High Spenders, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2015 
Statistical Brief #506 
Out-of-Pocket Expenditures for Adults with Health Care Expenses for Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2014 
Statistical Brief #498 
Expenditures for Commonly Treated Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older in the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2013 
Statistical Brief #487 
Health Expenditures for Adults by Number of Treated Chronic Conditions, Race/Ethnicity, and Age, 2012 
Statistical Brief #485 
Top Five Most Costly Conditions among Children, Ages 0-17, 2012: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #472 
Top Five Most Costly Conditions among Adults Age 18 and Older, 2012: Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 
Statistical Brief #471 
Trends in the Five Most Costly Conditions among the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 and 2012 
Statistical Brief #470 
The Concentration of Health Care Expenditures and Related Expenses for Costly Medical Conditions, 2012 
Statistical Brief #455 
Experiences with Health Care Providers among Cancer Survivors, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011 
Statistical Brief #451 
Changes in Osteoporosis Medication Use and Expenditures among Women (Age ≥ 50), United States, 2000 to 2011 
Statistical Brief #442 
Trends in Use and Expenditures for Cancer Treatment among Adults 18 and Older, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2001 and 2011 
Statistical Brief #443 
The Five Most Costly Children's Conditions, 2011: Estimates for U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17 
Statistical Brief #434 
Health Care Expenditures for the Most Commonly Treated Conditions of Women Ages 18 to 39, 2009 
Statistical Brief #403 
Health Care Expenditures for the Five Most Common Conditions of Adults Ages 40 to 64, 2009 
Statistical Brief #382 
Asthma Medication Use among Adults with Reported Treatment for Asthma, United States, 1998-1999 and 2008-2009 
Statistical Brief #378 
Trends in the Pharmaceutical Treatment of Asthma in Adults, 1998 to 2009 
Research Findings #33 
Changes in Adult Asthma Medication Use and Expenditures, United States, 1998-1999 to 2008-2009 
Statistical Brief #374 
Trends in Person Characteristics and Expenditures for Persons Under Age 65 Reporting Migraine Headaches, 1997 and 2007 
Statistical Brief #316 
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