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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.

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!

ResDAC clients can now access the ResDAC request center to check the status of current requests. Online access will also allow clients to view past requests (April 2012 and forward) and submit questions directly through the request interface.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2012 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.

As previously announced on April 7, 2014, CMS' new data file pricing is now in effect. To view CMS data file pricing, please see the CMS Price List for Research Files. To estimate Medicare and Medicare-Medicaid population sizes, please see the CMS cost estimate application tool.

[CMS PRESS RELEASE] Today, as part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more transparent, affordable, and accountable, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of new, privacy-protected data on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other health care professionals.

CMS announces NEW pricing for the research data files that will take effect on June 1, 2014. To view CMS data file pricing for planning purposes, please see the CMS Proposed and Continuing Price List for Research Files.

ResDAC's in-person workshop, "Conducting Economic Research using Medicare Data", can now be viewed in an online format! We are excited to announce the availability of twelve workshop videos with topics related to the basic evaluation methods used in health economic analyses, the use of the Medicare Claims data payment related variables, and the use of Medicare Cost Report data.

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ResDAC will be hosting a live webinar and would like to invite you to join us! This webinar on requesting Research Identifiable (RIF) data will be held on Wednesday December 18, 2013 at 1PM CT/2PM ET. We will provide an overview of the RIF request process, discuss the required request materials, and offer suggestions for preparing your request. Following the brief presentation, we will have a question and

The Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota seeks a Research Fellow (Technical Advisor) for the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) Assistance Desk. The ResDAC Assistance Desk is the initial point of contact with external researchers nationwide who are seeking information about accessing and using the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

ResDAC is operating as usual during the government shut down and will continue to process requests and submit requests to CMS. However, due to the absence of either an FY 2014 appropriation or Continuing Resolution for the Department of Health and Human Services, there is no one at CMS to process or respond to messages.

CMS notified us of an error in the 2008 MAX Personal Summary file for North Carolina. Researchers who recieved the file prior to 9/13/13 will need to apply the correction to

CMS, in collaboration with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), is announcing an exciting new opportunity for researchers conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR).  The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund Steering Committee is funding a limited number of PCOR related research projects to be conducted via the CMS Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC).

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