Using National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funds, Acumen, LLC founded MedRIC to help NIH-affiliated researchers access more comprehensive health information on NIH survey participants.

To this end, we build Medicare and/or Medicaid research products that enable researchers to conduct incisive biomedical, healthcare, and public policy research.

To learn more about our Center's services, team, and history, scroll down.

We offer five key services to researchers:

Federally Compliant Request Process

Working with NIH and CMS, we’ve established a file request process that satisfies CMS’s rigorous criteria for data authorization and minimizes your data costs.

To understand our data authorization process, visit our Researchers > Data Authorization Process page.

Expert-Designed Research Files

With over 20 years of experience accessing and analyzing Medicare and Medicaid data for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and congressional agencies, our resident data experts understand not only the power, complexity, and constraints of Medicare and Medicaid data but also how to organize and structure these data for wide-ranging research projects.

Using this in-depth experience, our data experts have designed MedRIC research files to provide you with not only raw Medicare and Medicaid data but also summarized versions that facilitate longitudinal analyses. 

To understand these data structures, visit our Data Dictionaries page.

Data Security Measures

MedRIC research files feature tiered levels of encryption that remove a Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiary's full name, Social Security Number (SSN), and Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) as well as blank or encrypt other beneficiary identifiers according to the security needs of our research clients and survey partners.

To review our encryption techniques, visit our Resources > Data page.

Secure Analytic Tools

Our Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA)-compliant analytic tools will enable you to access sensitive information, analyze it using data expert-designed resources, and output analytic results that can be easily replicated for quality control purposes. These tools include a remote-access enclave aimed at broadening access to MedRIC research files by addressing many of the federal security requirements governing Medicare and Medicaid data usage on your behalf.

To learn more about our enclave, visit our Resources > Enclave page.

Comprehensive Research Support

We provide comprehensive technical support services to our researchers—from assisting researchers through the file acquisition process and answering questions about file contents to producing help documentation and offering sample programs for training purposes. 

To read about our support resources, visit our Resources page.

We are Medicare and Medicaid research advocates, creating data structures, linkage methods, and analytic tools critical to well-rounded NIH research endeavors.

Team Profile

The MedRIC team is cross-functional and tightly knit, with expertise in the following four knowledge areas.

Data Design, Structuring, and Analysis

In our work for Acumen, LLC, we’ve spent the last 20 years processing, structuring, and analyzing Medicare and Medicaid data for federal, state, and non-profit organizations. Using this in-depth knowledge, our MedRIC team designs, develops, and continuously refines MedRIC’s data products.

  • Data Processing
  • Data Integrity
  • Data Structuring
  • Summary Files

System Design, Development, and Testing

Under Acumen, LLC, our MedRIC team have designed, developed, and maintained 80+ federal information systems, including secure web portals and remote-access data enclaves. For MedRIC, they’re using this information system know-how to design, develop, and test the next generation of MedRIC systems and tools.

  • Analytic Software Development
  • System Configuration
  • System Monitoring

Data and Systems Security

For the past decade, members of our MedRIC team have safeguarded highly sensitive federal information from unauthorized access, including obtaining a CMS Authority to Operate (ATO) for Acumen, LLC’s CMS Data Center. We’re applying this considerable knowledge to the security and management of MedRIC’s data resources.

  • Data Access Agreements
  • Data and System Auditing
  • Federal Security Compliance

Technical Support

Our technical support services include designing, developing, and operating help ecosystems, including browser-based user guides, data request processes, and systems support.

  • Browser-based, Searchable User Guides
  • Data Request Support
  • Website & Enclave Technical Assistance

Our acumen, llc CLIENTS

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Duke University
  • RTI International
  • National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Mount Sinai

our Work Methods

We use Agile frameworks (such as Scrum and Kanban) to deliver and refine critical research products for our NIH research community. 

Our History

Established in 2006 by Acumen, LLC, we've spent the last decade expanding our data services and computing resources to support a wide range of research projects.


MedRIC Established

NIH/NIA issued a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) to Acumen, LLC to establish MedRIC.


Parts A & B Research Files Available

On September 30, 2011, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) announced the availability of Parts A & B research files for HRS survey participants. These files consist of raw claims data as well as summary files that aggregate claims information into one table row or record per beneficiary over an annual, quarterly, or between-interview gap periods.


First Parts A & B Research File Request Processed

On March 12, 2012, our Center processed our first Parts A & B research file request.

MARCH 2012

Part D, MDS, and OASIS Research Files Available

On May 23, 2014, we announced the availability of Part D, MDS, and OASIS files for HRS survey participants. As with our Parts A & B research files, our Part D, MDS, and OASIS files consist of raw claims (Part D) or assessment data (MDS and OASIS) as well as summary files that aggregate claims/assessment data into one table row or record per beneficiary over different periods of time.

MAY 2014

50th Research File Request Processed

On July 14, 2014, we processed our 50th research file request.

JULY 2014

First Part D Research File Request Processed

On August 26, 2014, we processed our first Part D research file request.


First MDS and OASIS Research Files Requests Processed

On December 4, 2015, we processed our first MDS and OASIS research file request.


Medicaid Research Files Available

On October 24, 2016, we announced the availability of Medicaid summary and claims files for HRS survey participants.