Home Health Agency Visits per Decedent, by Interval Before Death
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    Home Health Agency Visits per Decedent, by Interval Before Death
    (Interval Before Death: Last Two Years of Life; Year: 2014; Region Levels: State)
    Hawaii 5.2
    North Dakota 5.5
    South Dakota 6.7
    Alaska 8.4
    Montana 9.9
    Wisconsin 11.4
    Iowa 11.7
    Minnesota 12.1
    Nebraska 13.3
    District of Columbia 13.6
    Washington 13.7
    Wyoming 14.2
    Oregon 14.8
    Missouri 15.0
    Kansas 16.0
    Arizona 16.5
    Maryland 16.7
    New Jersey 17.2
    South Carolina 17.2
    North Carolina 17.5
    Delaware 17.8
    Maine 17.8
    West Virginia 18.6
    Indiana 19.2
    Pennsylvania 20.8
    Colorado 21.5
    California 22.0
    Virginia 22.3
    Michigan 22.4
    Ohio 22.4
    New Hampshire 22.5
    Arkansas 22.9
    Idaho 23.3
    Georgia 23.3
    Vermont 24.0
    New York 24.1
    Kentucky 25.0
    Illinois 25.2
    New Mexico 25.6
    Rhode Island 26.8
    Alabama 29.0
    Nevada 29.4
    Massachusetts 30.1
    Connecticut 30.3
    Tennessee 30.9
    Mississippi 36.1
    Florida 43.7
    Louisiana 44.7
    Texas 47.5
    Oklahoma 48.9
    Utah 50.2
    National Average 25.7
    90th Percentile 43.7
    50th Percentile 21.5
    10th Percentile 9.9
        • 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.

        • Number of visit claims from Home Health Agency 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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