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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2010 Cost & Use research files from its Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). The MCBS Cost & Use files are a unique data resource, compiling survey and administrative data sources on Medicare covered and non-covered health care costs, utilization,

The CCW website, www.ccwdata.org, has been enhanced with a redesigned navigation, improved content placement, and expanded statistical offerings – including interactive dashboard reports which are accessible from the Medicare data – Interactive CMS Data page.

Six webcasts offering instructions on how to complete specific request materials as part of a Research Identifiable File (RIF) data request have been posted to our website.

Introduction to the Use of Medicare Part D Data for Research will be taking place on May 15-16, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN. This workshop will familiarize the audience with the Medicare Part D program, the use of the Medicare Beneficiary Part D enrollment data, Part D Event data, and associated Part D Characteristic files for research. The workshop design is highly interactive and is designed for individuals who have a research background and/or experiences in health services.

The ResDAC offices will be closed on Friday, March 22, 2013 in part of a University-wide holiday. Offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, March 25th.

The DE-SynPUF was created with the goal of providing a realistic set of claims data in the public domain while providing the very highest degree of protection to the Medicare beneficiaries' protected health information.

The purposes of the DE-SynPUF are to:

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 February 13, 2013 at 2PM CT/3PM ET. We will provide an overview of the RIF request process, discuss the

ResDAC's in-person workshop, "Introduction to the Use of Medicare Data for Research", can now be viewed in an online format! We are excited to announce the availability of eight workshop videos with topics related to the use of Medicare administrative data for research.

Topics include:

Introduction to the Use of Medicare Data for Research will be taking place on April 9-11, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN. This workshop will introduce the use of Medicare administrative data for

In the month of December, three new webcasts have been posted to our website. These webcasts offer guidance on technical aspects of opening specific data files in various software programs.

Opening the Physician Supplier Procedure Summary Master (PSPS) File in Microsoft Access: Part 1

ResDAC's in-person workshop, "Conducting Research with Medicaid Claims Data", can now be viewed in an online format! We are excited to announce the availability of seven workshop videos with topics related to the use of Medicaid administrative data for research.

Topics include:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2011 Access to Care research files from its Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). This year’s files are being released three months earlier than the 2010 files and less than a year after interviews were conducted in the field.  Designed to provide quick access to MCBS data and related findings to users, the MCBS Access to Care are multipurpose, nationally

The Medicare-Medicaid Linked Enrollee Analytic Data Source (MMLEADS) has been developed to allow for the examination of all Medicare and Medicaid enrollment and claims data for those who were dually enrolled in both programs. The current files are intended for both CMS and external researcher use. They are primarily designed to address questions regarding eligibility, enrollment, cost, use, and select

Researchers may want to make changes to their CMS-approved study which requires an amendment request to the Data Use Agreement (DUA). Types of amendment requests include: adding new years of data files previously covered under the DUA, adding new data files not covered under the DUA, making a change to the CMS-approved data management plan, and adding new

ResDAC will be hosting their second live webinar in a series of webinars on requesting data! This webinar on student requests for CMS research identifiable data

The Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota seeks an Executive Assistant 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) administrative data.

ResDAC will be hosting their first live webinar and would love for you to join! This webinar on requesting Research Identifiable (RIF) data will be held on Thursday November 1, 2012 at 12PM CT/1PM 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 answer session with the audience.

The CMS Data Navigator is an easy-to-use, menu-driven search tool that makes the data and information resources of the of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) more easily available. Use the Data Navigator to find data and information products for specific CMS programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, or on specific health care topics or settings-of-care.

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) administrative data.
Don't forget to register for Introduction to the Use of Medicare Data for Research tomorrow, August 29, 2012, at 10:00am CST. This workshop will introduce the use of Medicare administrative data for research. The course will cover the origin, flow, quality and research applications of Medicare data.

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