Office of Information Products and Data Analytics (OIPDA)

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CMS has recently announced a new data initiative. This initiative creates a new Office, the Office of Information Products and Data Analytics (OIPDA), the goal of which is to maximize CMS data for internal and external users. The Office will serve as the single point of accountability and coordination across the agency to ensure consistent implementation of policies related to data release and dissemination. The Office will also develop and continually update the suite of CMS data and information products and serve as the agency point of contact for external data requests.

Under OIPDA, the development, management, use, and dissemination of data and information resources will become one of CMS’s core functions. Ensuring the privacy and security of personal health information remains a top priority as OIPDA improves access to, and use of, CMS data and information resources. With timely, relevant data, CMS and its partners will be better able to define and reward high quality, low cost care.

This effort also enhances data analytics and management strategies that are being widely promoted through programs by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


Functions of the Office of Information Products and Data Analytics

OIPDA will assume responsibility for many current CMS data functions, including:

  • Management of the Chronic Condition Warehouse (CCW), which is designed to support multiple analytic functions and includes patient-centric data files linked by a unique beneficiary identifier across the continuum of care from 1999 to present day. The CCW also contains Medicaid data, assessment data, and provider enrollment data.
  • Administration and production of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), which is the largest continuous survey of Medicare beneficiaries in the country.  The MCBS provides stable estimates and information on the Medicare population, such as expenditures and sources of payment for services used by beneficiaries, changes in health status, satisfaction with care, and usual source of care.
  • Management of the Medicaid Analytic Extract (MAX), which is designed to summarize Medicaid data from the Medicaid Statistical Information System (MSIS).  
  • Oversight of the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC), which provides training and technical assistance for external users requesting CMS data.
  • Oversight of the Medicare Data Sharing for Performance Measurement Program (ACA Section 10332), which provides extracts of all Medicare claims data to qualified entities who then combine the Medicare data with claims data from other payers to create comprehensive, actionable quality assessments for health care providers.
  • Aggregated Medicare demographic, spending, utilization, and quality information at the Hospital Referral Region (HRR) level published on and the Institute of Medicine.  
  • Oversight of the Medicare “Blue Button” initiative that permits beneficiaries to easily download their Medicare claims history.
  • Management of the CMS Data Navigator which is a web-based search tool rapidly connects researchers, policy makers, and the general public to CMS and external data resources. The Navigator will significantly improve the transparency of CMS data, allowing users to easily locate CMS data that is currently located in multiple locations on the CMS website. The Data Navigator is scheduled to be in operation by mid-summer 2012 and will be located on the website.
  • Production of the Medicare & Medicaid Research Review (MMRR) a peer-reviewed online journal to support dissemination of high-quality and relevant research to a wide audience of Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program stakeholders.
  • Management of the Medicare Claims Synthetic Public Use Files (SynPUFs) which were created to allow interested parties to gain familiarity using Medicare claims data while protecting beneficiary privacy.  They provide data analysts and software developers the opportunity to develop programs and products utilizing the identical formats and variable names as those which appear in the actual CMS data files

OIPDA will also coordinate the agency’s data policies and requirements to ensure their efficient and strategic alignment.  Other CMS components will continue to collect, store, and analyze data for their specific business needs, with OIPDA being responsible for ensuring that the CMS enterprise maximizes its data resources, transforming the agency into a data driven organization.

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