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Using the MAX-NHANES Merged Data to Evaluate the Association of Obesity and Medicaid Costs

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  • Allison Hedley Dodd
  • Philip M. Gleason
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    This brief presents the results of the first study conducted using the newly merged Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. The study evaluated the association between Medicaid costs and obesity among adults in 1999–2004. Although the estimated costs were higher for obese adults than for non-obese adults, the combination of a small sample size for NHANES data, wide variation in costs among Medicaid enrollees, and the necessity of controlling for state variation yielded an unstable model with imprecisely estimated relationships. The results demonstrate the hazard of using a small national survey (NHANES) with a state-based data system (MAX) to perform cost analyses, particularly when the range of realistic costs is large.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7661.

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    Date of creation: 30 Jan 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7661

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    Keywords: Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) ; Medicaid enrollment ; The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES); data to evaluate the association of Medicaid costs and obesity;

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