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

  • Encounter 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.
  • CMS continues to work with states to address data quality issues. In addition to preliminary and fully mature files, CMS may provide updated releases of the files for a given year. CMS has fee information for TAF data pricing.
  • ResDAC provides resources on Medicaid TAF data quality.
  • A bridge file will be provided to assist researchers that are conducting longitudinal analysis involving 2020 TAF research files along with earlier service years. For additional information, please see the CCW T-MSIS Analytic Files (TAF) User Guide posted on CCW’s User Documentation page.

Availability of this file

CY 2014-2021
2022 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.

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