State Data
Resource Center

Resources for States Integrating Medicare and Medicaid Data

The State Data Resource Center (SDRC) offers a range of data support services to state Medicaid agencies — from understanding the Medicare data request process to handling and using received data. As a part of these services, SDRC leads a series of project-related training webinars over the course of the year. A description of Past Webinar Materials is also available.

How to Link Medicare Data for Analysis – Thursday, November 21, 2019 – 2-3pm ET

SDRC will delve into data crosswalks to provide insight on how to link certain variables to help better understand the dual-eligible population. During this presentation, SDRC will walk through how to identify and process linkage keys in relation to the Master Beneficiary Summary File (MBSF), Historical Part A and B Claims data, and Part D Prescription Drug Event (PDE) data segments provided by the SDRC. SDRC will also provide example scenarios involving linking data to yield robust analyses about the dual-eligible population. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Massachusetts' Medicare Data Integration Project: Review of Analytical Use Cases and Technical Work – August 19, 2019

Massachusetts presented on the MassHealth Medicare Data Integration Project, an agency-wide effort to integrate historical Medicare data with Medicaid claims and encounters. The Medicare Data Integration Project sought to expand the analyses done with the commonwealth's dual-eligible population by creating an integrated dataset available to analytical users. MassHealth provided an overview of approved Medicare data analytical use cases as well as a deep dive into two specific use cases: the One Care Program and the Community Partners Program. Additionally, MassHealth provided a review of the technical work that has gone into creating the integrated dataset.

Examples of How to Use the Master Beneficiary Summary File and Parts A and B Claims for Analysis – June 18, 2019

SDRC dissected the Master Beneficiary Summary File (MBSF) and Parts A and B claims and provided information on how you can use and link certain variables to help better understand the dual eligible population. During this presentation, SDRC described how to identify dual-eligibility, chronic conditions, readmission rates and geographic factors within the MBSF and Parts A and B claims data. SDRC also covered how to use the Chronic Condition Warehouse (CCW) system for data analysis.

Using Medicare Data to Support Integrated Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries – May 21, 2019

The State Data Resource Center (SDRC) and the Integrated Care Resource Center (ICRC) were pleased to host a joint webinar on May 21, 2019. SDRC provided a brief overview of who we are and the types of data files we provide, while ICRC described what Medicare data is publicly available and some simple tools that states can use to begin to explore the data. The state of Massachusetts also presented on their data integration activities, successes using dual-eligible data, and data use justifications. This webinar was intended for those who are either unfamiliar with SDRC or do not receive data from SDRC. Additionally, it may be helpful for individuals that are new to your organization to become familiar with SDRC and ICRC, as well as an overview of how CMS data can be used to improve the care of dual-eligible beneficiaries.

For more information on attending webinars and other support services available to state Medicaid agencies, please contact the SDRC Team by phone at (877) 657-9889 or by email at