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Percent of Cancer Patients Dying in Hospital
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    Percent of Cancer Patients Dying in Hospital
    (Year: 2012; Region Levels: State)
    Alabama 26.7%
    Alaska 31.1%
    Arizona 14.6%
    Arkansas 22.2%
    California 29.4%
    Colorado 17.1%
    Connecticut 27.0%
    Delaware 18.0%
    District of Columbia 30.5%
    Florida 17.9%
    Georgia 19.0%
    Hawaii 23.1%
    Idaho 21.3%
    Illinois 21.8%
    Indiana 23.7%
    Iowa 17.2%
    Kansas 20.0%
    Kentucky 24.4%
    Louisiana 22.1%
    Maine 24.4%
    Maryland 23.7%
    Massachusetts 26.1%
    Michigan 19.2%
    Minnesota 20.0%
    Mississippi 25.6%
    Missouri 23.8%
    Montana 20.5%
    Nebraska 21.1%
    Nevada 24.7%
    New Hampshire 22.4%
    New Jersey 27.8%
    New Mexico 20.9%
    New York 33.1%
    North Carolina 22.6%
    North Dakota 28.8%
    Ohio 17.3%
    Oklahoma 24.2%
    Oregon 20.1%
    Pennsylvania 21.0%
    Rhode Island 22.5%
    South Carolina 23.0%
    South Dakota 20.4%
    Tennessee 24.5%
    Texas 20.9%
    Utah 17.7%
    Vermont 28.3%
    Virginia 25.7%
    Washington 24.2%
    West Virginia 25.3%
    Wisconsin 19.4%
    Wyoming 21.1%
    National Average 23.1%
    90th Percentile 28.8%
    50th Percentile 22.5%
    10th Percentile 17.7%
        • DENOMINATOR DEFINITION:
        • We identified a 20% sample of all Medicare beneficiaries who died between the ages of 66 and 99 years during the period 2003-07. Data for 2010-12 are based on a 100% sample of claims. We excluded beneficiaries without continuous Part A and Part B coverage in the last six months of life or who were enrolled in Medicare health maintenance organizations (i.e., Medicare Advantage). From these decedents, we identified those with poor prognosis cancer diagnoses on at least one hospital claim or at least two clinician visits in the last six months of life. We then categorized decedents into one of 26 cancer types based on their predominant cancer diagnosis using a modified Clinical Classification Software (CCS) approach; please see the Methods of our cancer report for details.

        • NUMERATOR DEFINITION:
        • We used discharge status of “expired” to identify patients dying in the hospital.

        • ADJUSTMENTS:
        • Although all of these patients died of serious cancer, groups of patients across hospitals or regions may have differed by other characteristics such as the composition of age, sex or race. All rates are adjusted with the following patient level characteristics: age, race (black/non-black), sex, cancer type, and non-cancer chronic conditions.




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