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Provider of Services File

NOTE: Please be aware that as part of the process to convert OSCAR to QIES, the OSCAR Standard and User Defined reports along with the extract functionality are now available in QIES. The second quarter 2011 POS files and all POS files in the future are extracted from QIES. Therefore, the file names and formats have changed. Please refer to the corresponding record layout generated for each POS data file. 

The Provider of Services (POS) Extract is created from the QIES (Quality Improvement Evaluation System) database. These data include provider number, name, and address and characterize the participating institutional providers. The data are collected through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Offices. The file contains an individual record for each Medicare-approved provider and is updated quarterly.

Data Format:  Text

Approximate Size:  700 MB

Compatible Software Programs:  Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL/DB2/Oracle, SAS or other statistical software.  (Note: Microsoft Excel or TextPad cannot be used to analyze the POS file)

Media: CD ROM
File Cost: $100.00 per Quarter
*NOTE: 2013 POS Quarterly Files (QTRs 1 & 2) are now available online for free download -
Data Format: Self-extracting ZIP files

Note: Files may be too large to open on a desktop
Available: CY 1991 through Current Calendar Quarter

(Quarterly updates are available for the current year only.)

File Categories

  1. Hospital
  2. SNF/NF (dually)
  3. SNF/NF (distinct)
  4. Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)
  5. Home Health Agencies (HHA)
  6. Portable X-Rays
  7. Physical Therapy/Speech Pathology
  8. End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
  9. Nursing Facilities (NF)
  10. Intermediate Care Facility-Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR)
  11. Rural Health Clinic
  12. Physical Therapy - Independent Practice
  13. Comprehensive Outpatient Rehab Facilities (CORF)
  14. Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASC)
  15. Hospices
  16. Organ Procurement Organization
  17. Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC)
  18. Federally Qualified Health Centers
  19. CLIA88 Laboratories added: effective 1997