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Research Identifiable Files requested from CMS
Medicare claims data can be requested through the Medicare & Medicaid Resource Information Center (MedRIC) after obtaining approval from the RADC.
Please contact Bryan_James@Rush.edu to begin the process.
Research Identifiable Files (RIF) acquired from CMS:
Master beneficiary summary file (MSBF) aka “denominator file”: provides annual enrollment information and years of Medicare coverage.
Medicare Part A and B claims files: service utilization, costs, and diagnoses.
MedPAR (Medicare Provider Analysis and Review) file: concatenates all claims pertaining to a single hospital stay into a single record. Provides record of hospitalization dates, procedures, diagnoses, and events.
Part D characteristic files: optional prescription drug coverage.