I've recently written on Medicare utilization data that's been made available to the public for analysis. Along with the csv file, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provide a text script housing the SAS “infile” code to load the csv into a SAS data set for further analysis.
A newsletter from SAS has led me into deeper involvement with Medicare data. Under Books & Training is mentioned a new monograph entitled “SAS Programming with Medicare Administrative Data”, by Matthew Gillingham. Intrigued by its claim to be “most comprehensive resource available for using Medicare data with SAS. This book teaches you how to access Medicare data and, more importantly, how to apply this data to your research.” I purchased the book and visited its website. Between the two, I found lots of goodies.
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