CMS Updates SNF Cost Report Use Files to Include 2020-2021 Data

CMS; Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated the SNF Cost Report public use files (PUF) with refreshed 2011-2019 data and new data for 2020-2021. These files were developed using the Healthcare Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) and provide external and internal stakeholders with a curated set of variables in a user-friendly format (e.g., more descriptive variable names).  

The data does not contain all measures reported in the HCRIS, but rather includes a subset of commonly used measures. Each PUF is organized at the facility level and includes select measures such as facility characteristics, utilization measures, cost and charges by cost center (in total and for Medicare), Medicare settlement data, and financial statement data.