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Percent of Deaths Occurring In Hospital
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    Region
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    Percent of Deaths Occurring In Hospital
    (Year: 2014; Region Levels: State)
    Alabama 23.5%
    Alaska 26.2%
    Arizona 15.3%
    Arkansas 20.2%
    California 24.4%
    Colorado 16.5%
    Connecticut 23.4%
    Delaware 17.1%
    District of Columbia 27.6%
    Florida 18.4%
    Georgia 18.1%
    Hawaii 26.7%
    Idaho 17.3%
    Illinois 20.3%
    Indiana 20.1%
    Iowa 16.3%
    Kansas 20.0%
    Kentucky 22.0%
    Louisiana 20.7%
    Maine 20.8%
    Maryland 22.5%
    Massachusetts 23.2%
    Michigan 18.5%
    Minnesota 19.5%
    Mississippi 23.7%
    Missouri 21.7%
    Montana 17.6%
    Nebraska 20.2%
    Nevada 22.3%
    New Hampshire 19.8%
    New Jersey 25.6%
    New Mexico 18.7%
    New York 30.0%
    North Carolina 20.9%
    North Dakota 23.9%
    Ohio 16.6%
    Oklahoma 20.5%
    Oregon 18.2%
    Pennsylvania 19.2%
    Rhode Island 17.2%
    South Carolina 20.5%
    South Dakota 19.2%
    Tennessee 22.5%
    Texas 18.9%
    Utah 14.3%
    Vermont 23.9%
    Virginia 23.6%
    Washington 21.1%
    West Virginia 24.0%
    Wisconsin 17.5%
    Wyoming 20.3%
    National Average 21.0%
    90th Percentile 25.6%
    50th Percentile 20.3%
    10th Percentile 16.6%
        • DENOMINATOR DEFINITION:
        • Click here to read about changes in methods between the 2001-05 and 2003-07 analyses. The study population includes beneficiaries with one of nine chronic conditions who were enrolled in traditional (fee-for-service) Medicare and died during the measurement period. To allow for two years of follow-back for all patients, the population is restricted to those whose age on the date of death was 67 to 99 years, and to those having full Part A and Part B entitlement throughout the last two years of life. Persons enrolled in managed care organizations were excluded from the analysis. For the hospital-specific analyses, patients had to be hospitalized for chronic illness at least once during their last two years of life to be included. For regional analyses, all patients diagnosed with a chronic illness were included.

        • NUMERATOR DEFINITION:
        • Number of deaths occurring in a hospital (discharge status=’B’ in MedPAR file).

        • ADJUSTMENTS:
        • Rates are adjusted for age, sex, race, primary chronic condition, and the presence of more than one chronic condition using ordinary least squares regression.




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