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CMS Research Data Assistance Center

For health disparities researchers interested in using Medicare and/or Medicaid data, the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC) Assistance Desk, located at the University of Minnesota and staffed by master's-level trained technical advisors (TAs), provides technical assistance with the following Medicare and Medicaid-related data tasks:

  • Understanding and interpreting Medicare and Medicaid program policies and coverage;
  • Learning about the strengths, weaknesses, and applications of Medicare and Medicaid data;
  • Understanding the creation of CMS's administrative data files and claims processing;
  • Reviewing the methods of cohort identification and file specifications;
  • Generating cost estimates and invoices for CMS data; and
  • Preparing a request for CMS data.

ResDAC TAs respond to requests within 7-10 business days.

More information about ResDAC: www.resdac.org

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