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