HRS Medicare Claims and Summary Data Cross-Reference

HRS provides a cross-reference file that links the CMS files created by Acumen LLC to HRS. The purpose of this file is to allow Acumen to retrieve the Medicare records of HRS respondents without being able to merge this information to HRS public or restricted files. Steps in this process are:

  • HRS provides Acumen with a list of respondents who have given permission for Medicare record analysis. This list is keyed on a sequence number created by HRS
  • Acumen replaces the respondent's HIC with a unique identifier (BID) and links that value to the HRS sequence number.
  • HRS creates a cross-reference file that links BID to HHIDPN, dropping the sequence number.

Product Details

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26,044
Product Type
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Data
Entry Cohort Info
HRS; AHEAD; CODA; War Baby; EBB, MBB
Latest ReleaseMarch 2018 (2015)
Version Notes

The current CMS data linkage includes HRS respondents interviewed through the 2014 wave who have consented to the Medicare data linkage. The HRS Medicare Claims and Summary Data Cross-Reference file is required to merge the CMS files created by Acumen LLC with HRS survey data.

Documentation and Links
Notes: 

The data file that you receive from Acumen LLC is keyed on a unique 9-character field that replaces the respondent's HIC. The name of this field is BID_HRS_22. In order to merge CMS records with HRS files, you need to replace the BID_HRS_22 identifier with HHID and PN using this cross-reference file.