Surveys: Join MedRIC

To become and remain a MedRIC survey partner, you must:

  1. Request a new MedRIC partnership from the National Institute of Aging (NIA); and
  2. Maintain that partnership, if NIA approves of your request.

Before reviewing the processes for doing so, expand the Partnership Components tab below, and review partnership qualifications, tasks, and benefits.

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Partnership Components

Partnership Qualifications

To become a MedRIC survey partner, you have to:

  • be an NIH-sponsored survey;
  • have obtained legally informed consent from your survey participants to link your survey data to CMS administrative records for research purposes; and
  • have your survey participants' authorization to share their CMS data with CMS-authorized researchers outside of your survey team.

If your survey is not at least partially funded through NIH, we will not be able to offer our services to you.

If you do not yet have legally informed consent from your survey participants to link their CMS administrative records to survey data, but can integrate that information into future survey waves, we may be able to work with you at a future date.

Partnership Tasks

As a MedRIC survey partner, you'll need to:

  • Establish and maintain a CMS Data Use Agreement (DUA) to review our Center's CMS data inventory for any security issues, and, if applicable, obtain these data for your own research purposes;
  • Provide us with a finder file that enables us to link your survey participants to CMS's beneficiary records;
  • Update and resubmit your finder file to us, whenever you conduct a new wave of your survey; and
  • Work with us to collectively authorize researchers access to both your survey data and our CMS data inventory.

Partnership Benefits

As a MedRIC survey partner, you'll:

  • Obtain essential CMS data resources—including Medicare Parts A, B, & D data, Assessment data, and Medicaid data—for an annual fee of $2,000.00;
  • Receive annual updates to your survey's CMS data inventory; and
  • Expand the type of research that your survey data supports, including enabling your research community to more reliably assess the current health status of your survey participants.