Research Identifiable File (RIF) Requests

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CMS Research Identifiable File (RIF) Policy Guide

The purpose of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Research Identifiable File (RIF) Policy Guide is to outline the policies that govern the disclosure of RIF data for research purposes. Researchers that request RIF data must also comply with the terms of the CMS Data Use Agreement (DUA).

CMS Research Identifiable File (RIF) Policy Guide  


What type of requester are you?

Academic/Nonprofit organization conducting research to answer a research question with the intention of publishing publicly available reports and articles
A researcher associated with a for-profit organization, or anyone conducting research with the intent to create a product or tool to be sold
Qualified Entity
Qualified Entity evaluating the performance of providers of services and suppliers and generating specified public reports
State Agency
State agency conducting research to study a state program or policy
Federal Agency
Federal agencies conducting research to study a federal program or policy
CMMI Grantee
Organization conducting research under a grant from the CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

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