Data Quality Update (Jun 2008)
Issues Brief (Mar 2004): Researchers are advised
to supplement data on race in the Medical SAS Datasets starting
in FY2003 with data on race from both VA datasets prior
to FY2003 and VA Medicare data.
to the new race/ethnicity data collection standards in the
Department of Veterans Affairs." Popul Health
Metr. 2006 Jul 6;4(1):7
A recently published study by VIReC-affiliated investigators showed that a substantial proportion of Medicare-eligible older veterans who use VA services also receive healthcare outside the VA. The study found that over 80% of veterans in the VHA cohort used outpatient care paid for by Medicare, either alone or in combination with VA outpatient services in 1999. The study also examined individual, geographic, and environmental factors that affected the degree of reliance on VA inpatient and outpatient services.
provided by permission of Hynes et al. “Veterans’ Access to and Use of Medicare and Veterans Affairs Health Care.” Med Care. 2007 Mar;45(3):214-23.