Research Identifiable Files (RIF) Requests

Overview

Research identifiable files (RIF) contain beneficiary level protected health information (PHI). Requests for RIF data require a Data Use Agreement (DUA) and are reviewed by CMS’s Privacy Board to track the disclosure of the PHI and ensure that the beneficiary's privacy is protected. The Researchers page on the CMS website provides the criteria for the release of these data.

(NOTE: If you are a Federal or State Agency or requesting data under the Medicare Qualified Entity Program, please visit the specific request page found on the navigation menu to the left.)

Data Available and Cost

Review all Research Identifiable Files (RIF) available for request. If you would like to obtain a formal cost estimate, please fill out the Cost Estimate Request form and submit to resdac@umn.edu. To obtain ballpark pricing, please call the ResDAC Assistance Desk.

Request Materials and Submission Information

Email all required request materials to resdac@umn.edu. For the initial submission, please send draft documents only (no signatures). Following ResDAC's review and your completion of appropriate revisions to the request materials, ResDAC will forward them to CMS on your behalf. Data requests are reviewed by CMS on a rolling basis.