MCBS Public Use File

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) public use file (MCBS PUF) provides the first publically available MCBS file for researchers interested in the health, health care use, access to and satisfaction with care for Medicare beneficiaries, while providing the very highest degree of protection to the Medicare beneficiaries protected health information. Celebrating 25 years of continuous data collection and the completion of over 1 million interviews, the MCBS is a continuous, in person, longitudinal survey of a representative national sample of the Medicare population. As the largest federal health survey of the Medicare population, the MCBS plays an essential role in monitoring and evaluating key aspects of the Medicare program and is the leading source of information on Medicare and its impact on beneficiaries.

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Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: No license information was provided. If this work was prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties it is considered a U.S. Government Work.

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Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Data Update Frequency R/P1Y

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Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 10, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Publisher Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Unique Identifier Unknown
Identifier 645
Data First Published 2016-05-24
Data Last Modified 2020-10-05
Category Medicare
Public Access Level public
Data Update Frequency R/P1Y
Bureau Code 009:38
Metadata Context
Metadata Catalog ID
Schema Version
Catalog Describedby
Data Quality True
Homepage URL
Program Code 009:000
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 72a7487455c4e4824f251add9735e325471e0680
Source Schema Version 1.1
Temporal 2013-01-01T05:00:00-05:00/2018-12-31T05:00:00-05:00

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