New tools available to facilitate research on the unique needs of Medicare-Medicaid enrollees
November 15, 2012
Thanks to Allison Colker of SAMHSA for sharing this update. Get on it researchers!
The CMS Federal Coordinated Health Care Office (FCHCO), AKA the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO), has announced that new tools to facilitate research on the unique needs of Medicare-Medicaid enrollees, including those tools CMS put out for comment this past spring, are now available. These tools are:
Adding nine new mental health and tobacco-use condition flags for all beneficiaries (Medicare-only, Medicaid-only and Medicare-Medicaid enrollees) for CY2006-CY2008:
Attention deficit, hyperactivity, and conduct disorders
Type 1 major depression and Type 2 depressive disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorders
Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
Expanding the existing 27 CCW condition flags to Medicaid-only populations for CY 2008.
Creating new versions of the existing 27 CCW condition flags for CY 2008 for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees that take into account both their Medicare and Medicaid experience (prior to this they were based only on Medicare experience).
New Medicare-Medicaid Linked Enrollee Analytic Data Source (MMLEADS) research suite of files. The CY2008 files contain information on Medicare-Medicaid enrollees, and for comparison purposes, Medicare-only and Medicaid-only individuals with disabilities. These files contain a breadth of information on eligibility, enrollment, all existing and new clinical condition flags, service utilization and expenditures incurred by both programs.
? MMCO is developing additional condition flags, including for HIV/AIDS and a range of intellectual and developmental disabilities; working to apply the reconfigured versions of the existing and new flags to all existing years of data in the CCW; and creating linked files for additional years.