We help UChicago researchers access and utilize insurance claims and other large-scale administrative datasets to inform and improve U.S. health policy.
Our lab was established with support from across the university. In 2016, investigators from the Department of Public Health Sciences, UChicago Medicine, Center for Health Administration Studies (CHAS) at the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice formed the Medicaid Working Group, which united faculty with a shared interested in applying rigorous and innovative analytic methods to study the Medicaid program. Following this, the Becker Friedman Institute Health Economics Initiative provided support to allow deep data-driven policy evaluation of the Medicare program. These efforts precipitated the Health Policy Data Lab, which unites common efforts across the University in the use of administrative health data. We have also received generous support from CHAS, Biological Sciences Division (BSD) and the Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy.
Data are hosted by the Center for Research Informatics at the BSD, with technical support from the PHS Biostatistics Laboratory & Research Computing Group.
NATIONAL CLAIMS AND ASSESSMENT DATA
- T-MSIS Analytical File (TAF)
- Medicaid Analytic Extract (MAX)
- Long Term Care Minimum Dataset (MDS 2.0 + 3.0)
These files are currently being used at our lab for research under approved data use agreements with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Through one of your own data use agreements, you may be able reuse these data and/or purchase new data to store and use within in our repository.
STORAGE + COMPUTING
Learn how you can access the data through your own CMS Data Use Agreement.
01 PLAN PROJECT
- Through your own data use agreement with CMS, you may be able to reuse data currently covered under our other data use agreements and/or purchase new data to store and use within in our repository.
- Obtain IRB Review through UChicago AURA System
- What you need to know before you submit a request
- Determine which files you will use
- Reuse Data: Data Repository Catalog
- Purchase Data from CMS:
02 SUBMIT DATA USE AGREEMENT
* Please note: The data request process can take up to 9 months.
Data requests are managed by ResDAC, a CMS contractor. Once you submit your request to ResDAC, a Technical Advisor will help you finalize your materials to submit to CMS.
Use the ResDAC Request Forms Generator to get started.
03 SUBMIT COMPLIANCE ITEMS
While your DUA approval is wrapping up, you can work on getting up to compliance standards through our self-enroll CMS DUA Compliance Course.
04 ACCESS THE REPOSITORY
Once your DUA is fully approved and paid for, you are authorized to use the files it covers within our repository. If you purchased new data, we will receive the shipment, unpack it, and grant you access to it within the repository.
Users who complete our compliance course will receive an automated email with detailed instructions on repository access requests. Please contact Rhys Chua or Ryan Carter if you are having issues with repository access.
05 MAKE CHANGES TO DUA
06 EXTEND OR CLOSE DUA
Director, Research Computing Group
Assistant Director, Biostatistics Laboratory