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CMS is pleased to announce the availability of a new Part D data file, the Medication Therapy Management (MTM). This file fulfills requests made by researchers for data to enable study of the effects of MTM under Part D. The MTM file will be available for 2013 forward. Currently 2013 and 2014 MTM files are available.

Due to the scheduled University of Minnesota holidays, ResDAC's phone lines will be closed from Wednesday, 11/23 at 3pm through Friday, 11/25. We will be available for normal business hours on Monday, 11/28. Happy Thanksgiving from the ResDAC team!

The Public Use File (PUF) for the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Linked Enrollee Analytic Data Source (MMLEADS) is now available.  This Excel file portrays a wealth of different enrollment, health condition, utilization, and expenditure statistics, nationally and by state, for Medicare-Medicaid dual enrollees, Medicare-only enrollees,

Effective September 1, 2016 all research requests for HOS LDS files must be requested through the Limited Data Set File Process. You will find instructions here: Limited Data Set (LDS) Files.

Effective September 1, 2016 all research requests for MCBS data for the two limited access data releases must be requested through the Limited Data Set File Process. You will find instructions here: Limited Data Set (LDS) Files.

CMS is pleased to announce that all researchers will be allowed to request LDS data on a quarterly basis in addition to the annual files. CMS is making more timely extracts of Medicare claims data available to researchers who access this data via Limited Data Sets (LDS).

Due to a scheduled University of MN floating holiday, the ResDAC phone lines will be closing Friday, 3/18 at 12:30pm CST. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Normal operations will resume on 3/21.

A revised RIF request letter template for ammendment requests has been posted to our website and is availble for immediate use.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2012 Cost & Use research files from its Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS).

CMS has identified the need to re-run three MCBS RICs, affecting both the Access to Care and Cost and Use modules for 2009-2013. Please see the CMS website for specific details:

The Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota seeks a Researcher 5 (Technical Advisor) and a Research Professional 2 (Executive Advisor) for the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) Assistance Desk.

CMS is pleased to announce that all researchers will be allowed to request data on a quarterly basis rather than the annual updates that were available in the past. Technological advancements, such as the VRDC, have facilitated access to more current data without higher data costs. This change in data access will allow researchers to conduct more rapid analysis of the delivery system.  

The acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced a new policy that for the first time will allow innovators and entrepreneurs to access CMS data, such as Medicare claims.

Effective Monday, 3/23/15, researchers are required to submit all required components of a data request at the start of the ResDAC review process.  This includes unsigned drafts of all applicable CMS forms, request and support letters, evidence of funding, and IRB approval (or verification

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2013 Access to Care research files from its Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS).  Designed to provide quick access to MCBS data and related findings to users, the MCBS Access to Care are multipurpose, nationally representative of the Medicare population and comprehensive (e.g.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2011 Cost & Use research files from its Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS).

New to submitting a request packet or had trouble with painstakingly long reviews due to mistakes in the past? Check out our helpful tips and suggestions for filling out required and supporting RIF request materials. These documents were created to help you accelerate the review process by side-stepping mistakes upfront.

The Centers for Medicare (CM) has created a set of standard Shared Savings Program ACO Research Identifiable Files. The following two file types will be published for each performance year of the SSP program:

Due to the scheduled University of Minnesota holidays, ResDAC's phone lines will be closed from Wednesday, 12/24 at noon through Friday, 12/26 and also Thursday, 1/1 through Friday, 1/2. Happy holidays from the ResDAC team!

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