This variable is the unique Part D contract identifier for the beneficiary’s Part D plan of record for the year. CMS assigns an identifier to each contract that a Part D plan has with CMS.
If the beneficiary was enrolled in more than one plan during the year, this is the contract number for the Part D plan in which the beneficiary was enrolled at the end of the year.
The first character of the plan contract ID is a letter representing the type of plan.
For 2006-2012, this variable was always encrypted to comply with CMS privacy rules.
You need to know both the Part D contract number and plan benefit package number (PLAN_PBP_REC_NUM) in order to identify the specific plan in which a beneficiary was enrolled.
|H||Managed Care Organizations other than Regional PPO|
|R||Regional preferred provider organization (PPO)|
|S||Stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP)|
|E||Employer direct plan (starting January 2007)|
|X||Limited Income Newly Eligible Transition plan (LI NET, starting July 2009)|