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CMS Data Users Reference Guide (DURG)

January 2000 Edition

The purpose of the Data Users Reference Guide is to introduce health care data users to the Medicare and Medicaid program data maintained by the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). The databases and files maintained by HCFA are a primary source for researchers and analysts conducting policy analyses, program evaluations, and epidemiological research.

The DURG describes the context and content of HCFA analytic data files and provides sufficient detail on individual files to enable readers to identify those files best suited for a particular research application. The guide is intended for use by a variety of analysts and researchers examining health care policy and health care financing issues. These individuals include HCFA and other government agency staff, as well as private sector researchers and contractors.

The files listed below can be downloaded individually or as a group by downloading the compressed, self-extracting Zipped PDF Version (1.1M - 1.8M when decompressed). We suggest that you create a folder/directory on your local (or LAN) fixed disk called DURG2000 and save the files into that folder/directory.

  1. Disclaimer in PDF (3K).
  2. Data Users Reference Guide Changes in PDF (8K).
  3. Acknowledgments in PDF (8K).
  4. Master Table of Contents in PDF (25K).
  5. Orientation for the Reader in PDF (27K).
  6. Overview of HCFA Data in PDF (80K).
  7. Overview of HCFA in PDF (800K).
  8. HCFA Data Release Policies and Procedures in PDF (107K).
  9. Claims and Utilization Data in PDF (135K).
  10. Enrollment and Eligibility Data in PDF (108K).
  11. Combined Claims and Enrollment Data in PDF (24K).
  12. Provider of Services Data in PDF (51K).
  13. Provider Cost Report Data in PDF (29K).
  14. Special Programs Data in PDF (70K).
  15. Medicaid Data in PDF (121K).
  16. Reference Resource Data in PDF (23K).
  17. Public Use Files Data in PDF (54K).
  18. Beneficiary Encrypted Files Data in PDF (35K).
  19. Acronyms in PDF (17K).
  20. Glossary in PDF (22K).

Send your questions and comments to MedicareStats@hcfa.gov.

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