Untapped Potential: Using the HRS-Medicare Linked Files to Study the Changing Nursing Home Population.

TitleUntapped Potential: Using the HRS-Medicare Linked Files to Study the Changing Nursing Home Population.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsLima, JC, Ogarek, J, Mor, V
JournalMedical Care
Volume56
Issue3
Pagination216-219
Date Published03/2018
ISSN Number1537-1948
KeywordsCommunity-dwelling, Medicare linkage, Medicare/Medicaid/Health Insurance, Nursing homes
Abstract

BACKGROUND: Nursing home (NH) care in the United States now includes many short-term admissions to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for postacute care.

OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the potential of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) linked to administrative data to study this group.

RESEARCH DESIGN: Descriptive retrospective panel study.

SUBJECTS: HRS respondents between 2002 and 2010 linked to administrative data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

MEASURES: NH use was defined in 3 ways: by survey responses, Medicare SNF claims, and mandatory NH assessments.

RESULTS: In total, 8.5% of observation periods (ie, time between 2 consecutive survey dates or 2 years before initial survey) reported by the survey and 26.0% reported by administrative data indicated some NH use. There was 98% agreement between survey responses and administrative data when there was no indication of a NH observation in the administrative data. However, there was only 33% agreement between survey responses and administrative data when a NH stay was indicated in the administrative data. NH stays associated with SNF care were responsible for the discrepancy-they were not consistently captured by the HRS survey. Rates of agreement were highest when a proxy respondent was used, and lowest among respondents who rated themselves in excellent overall health. Rates of agreement were higher later in the decade than earlier.

CONCLUSIONS: The HRS-Medicare linked files enhance the ability of the HRS to examine the growing use of NH for postacute care as well as offer a more comprehensive view of who uses NHs.

DOI10.1097/MLR.0000000000000866
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Alternate JournalMed Care
Citation Key9450
PubMed ID29298176
Grant ListR03 AG046482 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States