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AMPAEXOPR
Annual total of direct health care payments from other private source to ambulatory physician assistants

Description

For all persons, AMPAEXOPR captures the sum of direct payments made by other private insurance source for care provided by ambulatory physician assistants. Ambulatory care visits are those that involve medical provider and hospital outpatient combined visits. Payments for over-the-counter drugs and indirect payments not related to specific medical events, such as Medicaid Disproportionate Share and Medicare Direct Medical Education subsidies, are not included in this amount.

AHRQ staff advises users to exercise caution when interpreting the expenditures recorded in AMPAEXOPR. While these payments stem from apparent inconsistent responses to the health insurance and source of payment questions in the survey, some of these inconsistencies may have logical explanations. For example, private insurance coverage in MEPS is defined as having a major medical plan covering hospital and physician services. If a MEPS sample person did not have such coverage but had a single service type insurance plan (e.g., dental insurance) that paid for a particular episode of care, those payments may be classified as "other private." For more information on how MEPS collects expenditure data, please refer to our user note on medical expenditures.

Related variables
Variables related to total annual health care expenditures by source of payment, total annual health care expenditures by type of medical service, and total annual health care charges are also available. Please refer to our user note on expenditures for a list of these variables.

Codes

AMPAEXOPR is a 6-digit numeric variable.

Comparability

This variable is completely comparable over time.

Universe

  • 1997-2016: All persons.

Availability

  • 1997-2016

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