Accessing NHANES-CMS Linked Data


This module describes the process for obtaining access to the NHANES-CMS linked data.


Task: Describe the Research Data Center (RDC) and Data Request Process

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) linked data files are restricted-use files that can only be accessed through the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Research Data Center (RDC) or the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC), managed by the US Census Bureau. The Federal Statistical Research Data Centers provide access to restricted-use NCHS linked data files through a partnership agreement between NCHS and the US Census Bureau. Additional information about available RDC and FSRDC locations can be found on the NCHS RDC website. To access the NHANES-CMS linked data files, you must submit a proposal to the NCHS RDC. This task will guide you through the NCHS RDC proposal process.