TAF Long Term Care File

The Medicaid and CHIP TAF (T-MSIS Analytic File) Long Term Care (LT) file contains records for institutional long term care provided by specific facilities identified by the Type of Service variable:

  • Nursing Facility Services
  • Mental Facility Services
  • Independent (free-standing) Psychiatric Wings of Acute Care Hospitals
  • Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) Services for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities

The records in the LT TAF include fee-for-service (FFS) claims, managed care encounters and supplemental payments for Medicaid, Medicaid-expansion CHIP, and separate CHIP.

What does this file include? (variable highlights)

  • Diagnosis codes
  • Present on Admission indicator
  • Admission date
  • Charges and payments
  • Provider identifier
  • Patient discharge status or destination
  • Counts of covered days

Special considerations

  • Enounter 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 in the TAF OT file.
  • For resources on Medicaid TAF data quality, click here.

Availability of this file

CY 2014-2018
CY 2019 Preliminary

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. 

Please see the state and year availability table:

For earlier versions of Medicaid data, please refer to the MAX data file page.

See what is in this file