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This variable is contained in the following files: Plan Characteristics File
SAS Name
PLAN_ID

This variable is the unique plan benefit package (PBP) number for the plan sponsor's contract. CMS assigns an identifier to each PBP within a contract that a plan sponsor has with CMS.

This field is a key that links the plan sponsor's contract and plan identifiers.

Comments

You need to know both the contract number (variable called CONTRACT_ID) and plan benefit package identifier in order to identify the specific plan benefit package offered to beneficiaries.

The CCW constructs the Plan Characteristics File from information submitted by plan sponsors to CMS’s Health Plan Management System (HPMS).

Source: CMS (HPMS Files)

3-digit numeric value