|Dataset full name:
||Basic Stand Alone Durable Medical Equipment Line Items Public Use Files
||BSA DME Line Items PUF
||BSA DME Line Items PUF was released from CMS for 2008 and 2010. Contains information of Medicare Durable Medical Equipment (DME) claims submitted by a random 5% of Medicare beneficiaries in the reference year. Note that the sample included in this file is deliberately disjoint (no overlap) from the samples in the CMS research file and other Public Use Files (PUF) and cannot be linked.
Each row in the dataset represents an item of the DME claim and cannot be linked to by beneficiary
||Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, Medical Supplies utilization, Medical Equipment Cost
||Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
||Health conditions/Disability measures
||ICD-9 Diagnostic codes
||Use of specific Durable Medical Equipment as determined by the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
||Measures/outcomes of interest
||Utilization and cost of medical equipment by gender, age or ICD-9 diagnosis codes, Trends in DME use and cost.
||Medicare beneficiaries who filed a claim for DME in 2008 or 2010
||5,105,237 (2008) line items
5,231,592 (2010) line items
|Unit of Observation
||Medical equipment claim (individual items in each claim cannot be linked to reach patient level of observation)
|Data Collection Mode
||Administrative claims data
||2008 and 2010
|Data Collection Frequency
||Strengths and limitations
||Large sample size – Adequate for examining DME use and costs associated with several disease diagnoses or differences incurred by gender or age. Comparisons can be made between the 2 waves of data (2008 and 2010).
Clear documentation provided.
SAS program code available to create dataset.
||Data cannot be linked with other CMS datasets
Line items cannot be linked to each beneficiary
No regional or state level data
No provider data
Some variables are rounded or categorized to preserve confidentiality
|Data Access Requirements
||Public Use Dataset
||2008 Data documentation and frequency tables
2010 Data documentation and frequency tables
|Dataset components (where applicable)
||Data dictionary, codebooks, SAS data user guides, etc.
||CMS 2008 Enrollment and User Rates for Basic Stand Alone Public Use Files:
CMS 2008 BSA DME Line Items PUF General Documentation:
CMS 2010 BSA DME Line Items PUF General Documentation: