Introduction to the Use of Medicare Part D Data for Research

Understanding the origin, structure and contents of the Medicare Part D data is essential to designing a successful research project. This workshop will familiarize the audience with the Medicare Part D program design and its impact on what we see in the data and the inference that is possible.

Registration for the upcoming workshop is at capacity and is now closed.

Workshop Date:
September 26, 2023 to September 27, 2023
Minneapolis, MN (Online)
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Why You Should Attend this Workshop

Your team has given you the task of answering a research question using Medicare administrative data, and you want to understand the underlying structure and how to interpret what you see.

You believe that Medicare administrative data may answer your research question, and you want to understand the strengths and limitations of the data

Educational Objectives
  • Understand the design of the Medicare Part D Program
  • Know how Part D event data are transmitted from plans to CMS and ultimately into Research Files
  • Be able to use the Master Beneficiary Summary file (MBSF) for demographic, enrollment and plan characteristics files, as well as how to link to other files for more information
  • Be familiar with the content of the Part D Event and Characteristics Files
  • Understand issues involved with the use of Part D data for research
  • Begin to appreciate the types of research that can be done using the Medicare Part D data
  • Understand the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for obtaining and using Part D data

Workshop Videos

This presentation provides an overview of the derived variables found in the PDE data. Why…

A review of the education objectives for the Part D workshop is presented. The presentation then…

Due to encrypted pharmacy and prescriber identifiers in the PDE data, researchers may require…

This presentation reviews the PDE variable "Product Service ID" which is the National Drug Code…

This presentation reviews the "cost" variables found in the Part D Event data. Researchers can…

This presentation provides an understanding of demographic and useful enrollment variables…

This presentation discusses the specific PDE variables that are related to medication…

The Plan Characteristics File contains information about plan type, benefit design, premium,…

This presentation begins with a discussion of the difference between a claim and a Part D "event…