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Average Number of Contact Days with the Health Care System per Beneficiary, by Cohort
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    Average Number of Contact Days with the Health Care System per Beneficiary, by Cohort
    (Cohort: All Beneficiaries; Year: 2012; Region Levels: State)
    16.4 11.9 18.1 15.2 17.9 14.7 19.1 19.3 16.4 21.3 16.8 16.5 12.3 16.8 15.5 13.5 15.0 16.5 16.8 13.3 17.9 18.0 16.8 12.1 15.5 14.8 11.4 13.8 17.3 14.1 21.2 13.7 21.5 16.5 12.3 16.5 15.3 12.8 18.0 19.3 17.0 12.4 16.6 17.1 13.5 12.0 16.3 14.1 15.2 13.8 13.3 17.1 19.1 16.3 12.3
        • DENOMINATOR DEFINITION:
        • The denominator comprised the Medicare population age 65-99 on January 1, 2012 that was eligible for Medicare Parts A and B. Patients enrolled in risk-bearing HMOs at any time during the year were excluded. Age, gender, race, and eligibility were determined using the Denominator file.

        • NUMERATOR DEFINITION:
        • The numerator consisted of contact days with the health care system—acute care hospital stays, ambulatory visits to clinicians, procedures, tests, and imaging—indicated by a claim in either the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) file or the Carrier (Physician/Supplier Part B claims) file. If more than one claim occurred on the same date, the day was only counted once.

        • ADJUSTMENTS:
        • Rates were adjusted for age, sex, and race using the indirect method.




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