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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Medicare is a national social insurance program administrated by the U.S federal government, providing health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system, younger people with certain types of disabilities, and individuals with end stage renal disease. Medicaid is a social health care program jointly funded by the state and federal governments for persons of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for healthcare.

CMS is increasingly releasing its Medicare and Medicaid data for public use. The Medicare and Medicaid data are composed of a series of research databases with detailed information about inpatient, outpatient, prescription drug and other sources of utilization such as skilled nursing facility or assessment claims. The data provides individual beneficiary identifier to facilitate research across a continuum of healthcare.

Through a collaborative arrangement between RMATRIX-II (PI: J. Hedges, U54MD007584) and the Hawaii Health Information Corporation (HHIC), recent years of Hawaii State Medicare and Medicaid data have become available to biomedical researchers in Hawaii (data available: Medicare: years 2009-2013; Medicaid: years 2009-2010). BQHS has expertise in performing relevant analyses across different CMS data files. If you are interested in conducting a collaborative research project utilizing these datasets, please feel free to contact us to discuss about options. For direct access to these Hawaii CMS data, please contact HHIC.


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