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Workshop Date: September 27, 2018 to September 28, 2018
Location: McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, MN

Why You Should Attend this Workshop

Your team has given you the task of answering a research question using Medicare administrative data, and you want to understand the underlying structure and how to interpret what you see.

You believe that Medicare administrative data may answer your research question, and you want to understand the strengths and limitations of the data.

Many of the workshop elements will be easier to assimilate by those with previous experience with the data. However, prior experience is not strictly necessary.

Educational Objectives:
  • Understand the design of the Medicare Part D Program
  • Know how Part D event data are transmitted from plans to CMS and ultimately into Research Files
  • Be able to use the Master Beneficiary Summary file (MBSF) for demographic, enrollment and plan characteristics files, as well as how to link to other files for more information
  • Be familiar with the content of the Part D Event and Characteristics Files
  • Understand issues involved with the use of Part D data for research
  • Begin to appreciate the types of research that can be done using the Medicare Part D data
  • Understand the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for obtaining and using Part D data

Workshop Videos

May 15, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - Educational Objectives; Description of the Medicare Part D Program

A review of the education objectives for the Part D workshop is presented. The presentation...

May 15, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - The Medicare MBSF: Information It Contains

This presentation provides an understanding of demographic and useful enrollment variables...

May 15, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - Prescription Drug Event (PDE) Data: Source and Processing

This presentation begins with a discussion of the difference between a claim and a Part D "...

May 15, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - PDE File: Product Service ID (NDC) and Associated Variables

This presentation reviews the PDE variable "Product Service ID" which is the National Drug Code...

May 15, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - PDE File: Medication Utilization and Medication Possession Ratio

This presentation discusses the specific PDE variables that are related to medication...

May 16, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - Part D Event Derived Variables

This presentation provides an overview of the derived variables found in the PDE data. Why...

May 16, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - Part D Event Cost Information

This presentation reviews the "cost" variables found in the Part D Event data. Researchers can...

May 16, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - Plan Characteristics File

The Plan Characteristics File contains information about plan type, benefit design, premium,...

May 16, 2013

Introduction to Medicare Part D - The Pharmacy and Prescriber Characteristics Files

Due to encrypted pharmacy and prescriber identifiers in the PDE data, researcher may require...