CMS unveils new Data Quality Atlas Tool for researchers

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Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid released a new public online tool called the “Data Quality (DQ) Atlas” allowing individuals to review the quality and usability of Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) Research Identifiable Files (RIF) and determine if the data can meet research needs.  

The DQ Atlas builds on the goals of the T-MSIS initiative to improve user understanding of Medicaid and CHIP data and its quality.  The DQ Atlas is an interactive, web-based tool to help policymakers, analysts, researchers, and other stakeholders explore the quality and usability of the TAF to determine if the data can meet their analytic needs. These needs include the ability to conduct insightful, methodologically sound analyses of key Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) topics such as enrollment, claims, expenditures, and service use.