About Chronic Condition Data Warehouse
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Chronic Condition Data Warehouse (CCW), a research database, in response to the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). Section 723 of the MMA outlined a plan to improve the quality of care and reduce the cost of care for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries. In addition to chronic conditions, the CCW supports health policy analysis and other CMS initiatives.
The Beneficiary Link
The CCW data are linked by a unique, unidentifiable beneficiary key, which allows researchers to analyze information across the continuum of care.
The CCW is designed to:
- Follow beneficiaries across multiple care settings
- Identify areas for improving quality of care provided to chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries
- Identify ways to reduce program spending
- Make current Medicare, Medicaid, Assessment and Part D data more readily available to researchers for all types of studies, populations, and rare events
- Provide thorough documentation so researchers understand the common keys, relationships between claims types, and how to use data accurately
CCW contains the following 100% Medicare files for years 1999 - 2011:
- Fee-for-service institutional and non-institutional claims
- Assessment data
100% Medicaid files for years 1999 - 2008 and 2009/partial states available
100% Part D Prescription Drug Event data for years 2006 - 2010 (2011 to be available April 2013)
- Plan characteristics
- Pharmacy characteristics
- Prescriber characteristics
- Formulary file - beginning with year 2010
CCW data files may be requested for any of the predefined chronic condition cohorts, or users may request a customized cohort(s) specific to research focus areas.