CMS Data Reuse

The Population Health Data Initiative (PHDI), sponsored by the School of Medicine program in Population Health and Health Equity, now offers the CMS Data Reuse Program, a valuable set of data and research resources to support UCSF research in population health, health equity, and health services.

UCSF researchers with interests in these areas often obtain data directly from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process. To help overcome these challenges, PHDI has partnered with the School of Medicine Dean’s Office Technology Services (SOM Tech) to curate a large group of high-value, previously used CMS datasets across UCSF. Learn more about the datasets.


Associated costs to consider:

  • Data Cost:
    • Reuse of Medicare datasets already at UCSF, is a one-time $2,000 application fee paid directly to CMS.
    • For CMS Medicare datasets not already at UCSF, fees vary based upon data files and years requested.
  • Data Access - $5,000/year includes:
    • Overall data use agreement and data management plan life cycle administration
    • RAE Premium compute/storage environment
  • Optional services:
    • Programmer/Statistician services (qualitive and quantitative) - Additional ten-hour blocks can be purchased at $1,320/block.


Need Help?

For free assistance with cost estimates and determining if the CMS Data Reuse Program meets your research needs, please submit a CTSI Consultation Request Form.

Learn more about using Medicare data for your projects: PHDI Medicare Mini-Series: Make Medicare Data Work for You.