Medicare Healthcare Cost Report Information System (HCRIS)

Topic/focus: Healthcare Facilites and Services, Cost and Utilization
Year(s): 1994 - 2011
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Study and sample characteristics: Hospital cost reports
Universe: United States hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies
Variables: 25+
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free (charge for custom reports)
Key web links: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Cost Reports
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: Medicare-certified institutional providers are required to submit an annual cost report to a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). The cost report contains provider information such as facility characteristics, utilization data, cost and charges by cost center (in total and for Medicare), Medicare settlement data, and financial statement data. CMS maintains the cost report data in the Healthcare Provider Cost Reporting Information System (HCRIS). HCRIS includes subsystems for the Hospital Cost Report (CMS-2552-96 and CMS-2552-10), Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Report (CMS-2540-96), Home Health Agency Cost Report (CMS-1728-94), Renal Facility Cost Report (CMS-265-94), Health Clinic Cost Report (CMS-222-92) and Hospice Cost Report (CMS-1984-99).