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Hospital Service Area File

Overview of File: The Hospital Service Area file is a summary of calendar year Medicare inpatient hospital fee-for-service claims data. It contains number of discharges, total days of care, and total charges summarized by hospital provider number and the ZIP code of the Medicare beneficiary. The record layout in the Downloads section below provides additional details on the file.

Before beginning the process to request these files, please read the “CMS Disclaimer - User Agreement - Non-Identifiable Files” in the Downloads section below. This document contains important information regarding timeframes for obtaining data as well as data accuracy and integrity.

Data Availability: This file is produced annually and is typically available in May (i.e., data for CY2015 is usually available in May 2016). The first year of data available is 1992.  

Cost: $200.00 per year

Data Format: Text

Approximate Size: 36 MB 

Media: CD-ROM or DVD

Compatible Software Programs: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL/DB2/Oracle, SAS or other statistical software.

Notes or Special Instructions: None