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CMS’s Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC)

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Provided by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the VRDC now carries 17 years of Parts A and B claims data including diagnoses, procedures and medications dispensed in offices (mostly injectable), and vital status derived from Social Security death records. Since late 2006, it also contains Part D medication prescription claims (dispensed by community pharmacies). Very recently the cause of death (captured by CDC), has become available (1999-2016). 

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Zhang Y, Baik SH, Zuvekas SH. Simulating Variation in Families' Spending across Marketplace Plans. Health Serv Res. 2018 Feb 14. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12831. [Epub ahead of print]
Janakiram C, Chalmers NI, Fontelo P, Huser V, Lopez Mitnik GL, Iafolla TJ, Brow AR, Dye BA. Sex and race or ethnicity disparities in opioid prescriptions for dental diagnoses among patients receiving Medicaid. J Am Dent Assoc, 2018. 149(4): p. 246-255.
Baik SH, Kury F, McDonald CJ. Risk of Alzheimer's Disease Among Senior Medicare Beneficiaries Treated With Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Prostate Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Oct 20;35(30):3401-3409. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2017.72.6109. Epub 2017 Aug 25.
Deckard J, McDonald CJ, Vreeman DJ. Supporting interoperability of genetic data with LOINC. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 May;22(3):621-7. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocu012. Epub 2015 Feb 5.
McDonald CJ, Kalisch ELM, Barratt JD, Caughey GE. An international comparison of spontaneous adverse event reports and potentially inappropriate medicine use associated with dabigatran. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2015 Apr;24(4):399-405. doi: 10.1002/pds.3648. Epub 2014 May 20.
Zhang Y, Baik SH, Newhouse JP. Use of intelligent assignment to Medicare Part D plans for people with schizophrenia could produce substantial savings. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Mar;34(3):455-60. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2014.1227.