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

This variable is the code that identifies whether the Contract and Plan ID that was active in the reference year was new, or related to a Contract and Plan ID in the previous year.

Comments

The variable describes the relationship between the Contract and Plan ID in the reference year compared to the prior year. The description for these codes is in the relationship description variable (RELATIONSHIP_DESC).

The Contract and Plan ID for the reference year (year of the data file) could be related to more than one Contract and Plan ID in the previous year (e.g., if reference year relationship was a consolidation); similarly, more than one Contract and Plan ID in the reference year may be associated with a single Contract and Plan ID in the previous year (e.g., if reference year relationship was a split).

Source: CMS (HPMS Files)

CodeCode value
N
New
R
Renewal
C
Consolidation
T
Termination