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Descriptive Statistics for Healthcare Data Analysis using the SAS® System

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Descriptive Statistics for Healthcare Data Analysis
Using the SAS® System

Rick Andrews, Office of Research, Development, and Information (ORDI)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)


This presents a method of analyzing Medicare data by accounting for constant changes in how Medicare enrollees elect to receive health care. When performing analyses of these data, researchers must account for the number of beneficiaries for which the Agency is duty-bound to make payments and how that payment is made. The topics include claim aggregation, member months or person months, the calculation of cost per person, utilization per thousand, and unit cost. These statistics are relevant when predicting the future costs of the program. A general understanding of SAS programming using version 9.1.3 is assumed.

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