This video is one segment in a series of videos from ResDAC’s Introduction to using Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Data for Research.
Conceptual understanding of the importance of a denominator file for Medicare research is essential to proper design and effective use of the Medicare administrative data.
This presentation will review:
- the source of the data in the Master Beneficiary Summary File
- who is included in the file
- a detailed description of the contents of the file, including variables used for:
- patient identification
- demographic information
- tracking eligibility for receiving particular services under Medicare