Online Learning

Browse ResDAC's collection of videos that introduce you to CMS data as well as describe common research topics.
Introductory
Videos

This webcast describes CMS' definition of research and explains how to describe a study in the form of a research question because that is a requirement for data release…

This webinar provides an overview of the process and time involved in making a request for CMS restricted (identifiable) data for a research project. The video will…

This webinar will provide an overview of CMS's new Synthetic Public Use File. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently released the Data Entrepreneurs'…

A review of the education objectives for the Part D workshop is presented. The presentation then moves into a description of the Medicare Part D program. Topics covered…

This presentation provides an understanding of demographic and useful enrollment variables available in the Master Beneficiary Summary File. In addition to a review of the…

This presentation begins with a discussion of the difference between a claim and a Part D "event" record. This presentation further reviews how the Part D data are…

This presentation reviews the PDE variable "Product Service ID" which is the National Drug Code (NDC). Information related to what an NDC is, how it is formatted, and who…

This presentation discusses the specific PDE variables that are related to medication utilization. This presentation also provides an in-depth discussion of different…

This presentation provides an overview of the derived variables found in the PDE data. Why derived variables are created, how the variables are created, and by whom is…

This presentation reviews the "cost" variables found in the Part D Event data. Researchers can determine the "point of sale" cost to the beneficiary. Other variables…

The Plan Characteristics File contains information about plan type, benefit design, premium, cost-sharing, and service area of the Part D plans. This presentation reviews…

Due to encrypted pharmacy and prescriber identifiers in the PDE data, researcher may require additional information related to the dispensing pharmacy and the prescriber.…

Understanding of the CMS payment systems will assist the researcher in knowing how services are reiumbursed and what to expect in the data when costing services. This…

For each of the CMS claim file types, the variables used in calculating costs for CMS covered services is reviewed. Calculations are defined by 1) what Medicare reimbursed…