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The Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility (Encounter, Preliminary) file includes Medicare Advantage plan paid records for skilled nursing facility stays. Skilled nursing care is the only level of nursing home care that is covered by the Medicare program.

What does this file include? (variable highlights)

  • Diagnosis codes (ICD diagnosis)
  • Procedure codes (ICD procedure)
  • Resource Utilization Group codes (RUGs)
  • Admission/discharge dates
  • Organization NPI number only
  • No payment variables
  • Part C/Medicare Advantage benefit package and contract number

Special considerations

  • Many Medicare Advantage Plans offer extra coverage in addition to services covered under traditional fee-for-service Medicare (e.g., vision, hearing, dental, and/or health and wellness programs). Encounter data will include records for these additional items and services provided under the plan.

This file is no longer available since the final version is now available for request.

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