Since its release in 2019, the T-MSIS Analytic Files (TAF) have opened the floodgates to greater Medicaid research opportunities. Maternal morbidity, reimbursement for psychiatric services, racial and ethnic disparities in medication for opioid use disorder, and the health effects of segregation are just a few of the myriad of topics examined in new TAF studies. Despite the opportunities the data inspire, however, researchers emphasize TAF are still too expensive to obtain, complex to analyze, and imperfect to work with to realize its potential.
In an effort to improve data and allow for continued groundbreaking Medicaid research, AcademyHealth’s MDLN research faculty pose three recommendations to state and federal policy makers:
- Address Missing Demographic Information
- Enhance Transparency of Managed Care Payments
- Improve Accessibility to the New Medicaid Analytic Files
Read more about the envisioned next steps for improving data and the potential it promises here.