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Data File Short Name Available Years Next Year Request Date Important Notes
Carrier (Encounter, Final File) Carrier Encounter Final

Service year 2015

Carrier (Encounter, Preliminary File) Carrier Encounter, Preliminary

Service year 2015

Carrier (Fee-for-Service) Carrier FFS

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019 Twelve month run-off available approximately 14 months after the end of a calendar year
Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems RIF CAHPS RIF

Varies

Durable Medical Equipment (Encounter, Final File) DME Encounter Final

Service year 2015

Durable Medical Equipment (Encounter, Preliminary File) DME Encounter Preliminary

Service year 2015

Durable Medical Equipment (Fee-for-Service) DME FFS

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019
Health and Retirement Survey- Medicare Linked Data HRS-Medicare

CY 1991-2015

Not in VRDC
Health Outcomes Survey RIF HOS RIF

CY 1998-2015

Not in VRDC
Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set RIF HEDIS RIF

Measurement Years 1997-2016

Home Health Agency (Encounter, Final File) HHA Encounter Final

Service year 2015

Home Health Agency (Encounter, Preliminary File) HHA Encounter Preliminary

Service year 2015

Home Health Agency (Fee-for-Service) HHA FFS

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019 Twelve month run-off available approximately 14 months after the end of a calendar year
Home Health Outcome and Assessment Information Set OASIS

1999-2017

12/2019
Hospice (Fee-for-Service) Hospice FFS

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019
Inpatient (Fee-for-Service) IP FFS

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019 Twelve month run-off available approximately 14 months after the end of a calendar year
Inpatient File (Encounter, Final File) IP Encounter Final

Service year 2015

Inpatient File (Encounter, Preliminary File) IP Encounter Preliminary

Service year 2015

Inpatient Rehab Facility-Patient Assessment Instrument IRF-PAI

CY 2002-2017

12/2019
Long Term Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) - Swing-Bed 2.0 MDS SB 2.0

CY 1999 - 2010

Long Term Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) - Swing-Bed 3.0 MDS SB 3.0

CY 2010-2017

12/2019 MDS data more recent than these annual files are typically available from CMS
Long Term Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) 2.0 MDS 2.0

CY 1999-2010

Long Term Care Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 MDS 3.0

CY 2010-2017

12/2019 MDS data more recent than these annual files are typically available from CMS
Master Beneficiary Summary File (MBSF) Base MBSF Base

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019
Master Beneficiary Summary File (MBSF): Chronic Conditions Segment MBSF CC

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019
Master Beneficiary Summary File (MBSF): Cost and Utilization Segment MBSF Cost and Utilization

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019
Master Beneficiary Summary File (MBSF): National Death Index (NDI) segment MBSF NDI

CY 1999 - 2016

Master Beneficiary Summary File (MBSF): Other Chronic or Potentially Disabling Conditions Segment MBSF Other Conditions

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019
MAX Inpatient File MAX IP

CY 1999-2014

File or variable availability may vary by year and/or state
MAX Long Term Care File MAX LT

CY 1999-2014

File or variable availability may vary by year and/or state
MAX Other Therapy File MAX OT

CY 1999-2014

File or variable availability may vary by year and/or state
MAX Personal Summary File MAX PS

CY 1999-2014

File or variable availability may vary by year and/or state
MAX Prescription Drug File MAX Rx

CY 1999 - 2014

File or variable availability may vary by year and/or state
Medicaid Enrollee Supplemental File (MESF): Conditions Segment MESF Conditions

1999-2012

File or variable availability may vary by year and/or state
Medicaid Enrollee Supplemental File (MESF): National Death Index (NDI) Segment MESF NDI

1999-2013

File or variable availability may vary by year and/or state
Medicare Data on Provider Practice and Specialty (MD-PPAS) MD-PPAS

2008-2017

Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Beneficiary-level RIF Shared Savings Program-ACO Bene level

Calendar Years 2013-2018, 2019 Q1

Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) Provider-level RIF Share Saving Program-ACO Provider level

Calendar Years 2013-2017

Fall 2019
Medicare-Medicaid Linked Enrollee Analytic Data Source MMLEADS

CY 2006-2012

MedPAR MedPAR

CY 1999 - 2017

National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) - Medicare Linked Data NHATS

Retrospective data package including CY 2006-2017

08/2019 Not in VRDC
Outpatient (Encounter, Final File) OP Encounter Final

Service year 2015

Outpatient (Encounter, Preliminary File) OP Encounter Preliminary

Service year 2015

Outpatient (Fee-for-Service) OP FFS

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019 Twelve month run-off available approximately 14 months after the end of a calendar year
Part D Drug Characteristics File Part D Drug Characteristics File

CY 2006-2017

12/2019
Part D Drug Event File PDE

CY 2006-2017

12/2019
Part D Formulary File Part D Formulary File

CY 2010-2017

12/2019
Part D Medication Therapy Management Data File Part D MTM data File

CY 2013-2017

Part D Pharmacy Characteristics File Part D Pharmacy Characteristics

CY 2006-2017

12/2019
Part D Plan Election Type Beneficiary Summary File Part D Plan Election Type Beneficiary Summary File

CY 2007-2017

12/2019
Part D Prescriber Characteristics File Part D Prescriber Characteristics

CY 2006-2017

12/2019
Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Pioneer ACO

2012-2014

Plan Characteristics File Plan Characteristics

CY 2006-2017

12/2019
Risk Score Files Risk Score

Payment Year 2014

Skilled Nursing Facility (Encounter, Final File) SNF Encounter Final

Service year 2015

Skilled Nursing Facility (Encounter, Preliminary File) SNF Encounter Preliminary

Service year 2015

Skilled Nursing Facility (Fee-for-Service) SNF FFS

CY 1999 - 2017

12/2019 Twelve month run-off available approximately 14 months after the end of a calendar year
Value Modifier Beneficiary-Level Research Identifiable File VM Bene Level File

Performance Years 2013 - 2016

Custom extracts are not available
Value Modifier NPI-Practice-Level Research Identifiable File VM NPI-Practice Level File

Performance Years 2013 - 2016

Custom extracts are not available
Value Modifier Practice-Level Research Identifiable File VM Practice Level File

Performance Years 2013 - 2016

Custom extracts are not available