MAX Long Term Care File

Medicaid MAX (Medicaid Analytic Extract) Long Term (LT) Care file contains claim records for institutional long term care provided at four specific facility identified by the MAX Type of Service:

  • Nursing Facility Services
  • Mental Hospital Services for the Aged
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Services for Individuals Under the Age Of 21
  • Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) Services for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities

What does this file include? (variable highlights)

  • 5 diagnosis codes
  • Admission date
  • Charges and payments (FFS only)
  • Provider identifier
  • Patient discharge status or destination
  • Counts of covered days

Special considerations

  • Encounter record reporting may not be complete. Data reporting may vary by state, year and eligibility group.
  • Stays may be made up of multiple records.
  • Long term care services provided to community-dwelling beneficiaries are found the MAX OT file.

Availability of this file


CY 1999-2015

For calendar years 2014 and 2015, the CMS Medicaid research files will be in either the MAX or TAF format depending on when the state transitioned to T-MSIS data submissions.

MAX files in 2013, 2014, and 2015, while in the MAX file format, may have used T-MSIS data as the source data. Please see the state and year availability table: 

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