About This Book

Purpose

This book teaches you how to access Medicare data and, more importantly, how to apply this data to your research. Knowing how to use Medicare data to answer common research and business questions is a critical skill for many SAS users. Due to its complexity, Medicare data requires specific programming knowledge in order to be applied accurately. Programmers need to understand the Medicare program to properly interpret and use its data. With this book, you’ll learn the entire process of programming with Medicare data—from obtaining access to data; to measuring cost, utilization, and quality; to overcoming common challenges. Each chapter includes exercises that challenge you to apply learned concepts to real-world programming ...

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