Percent of Medicare Decedents Enrolled in Hospice within Three Days of Death
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    Percent of Medicare Decedents Enrolled in Hospice within Three Days of Death
    (Year: 2012; Region Levels: State)
    Wyoming 9.3%
    Wisconsin 16.0%
    West Virginia 13.7%
    Washington 14.2%
    Virginia 14.6%
    Vermont 8.8%
    Utah 19.9%
    Texas 19.3%
    Tennessee 14.5%
    South Dakota 12.9%
    South Carolina 16.8%
    Rhode Island 20.8%
    Pennsylvania 16.9%
    Oregon 16.0%
    Oklahoma 17.0%
    Ohio 20.0%
    North Dakota 9.6%
    North Carolina 16.4%
    New York 11.0%
    New Mexico 17.4%
    New Jersey 17.2%
    New Hampshire 15.0%
    Nevada 17.4%
    Nebraska 16.1%
    Montana 13.7%
    Missouri 16.0%
    Mississippi 14.8%
    Minnesota 14.7%
    Michigan 20.1%
    Massachusetts 14.5%
    Maryland 15.9%
    Maine 14.6%
    Louisiana 17.4%
    Kentucky 12.8%
    Kansas 16.8%
    Iowa 20.5%
    Indiana 16.6%
    Illinois 18.2%
    Idaho 13.2%
    Hawaii 14.8%
    Georgia 19.3%
    Florida 22.1%
    District of Columbia 13.0%
    Delaware 20.0%
    Connecticut 17.4%
    Colorado 18.7%
    California 14.3%
    Arkansas 17.6%
    Arizona 21.0%
    Alaska 8.1%
    Alabama 14.4%
    National Average 16.8%
    90th Percentile 20.0%
    50th Percentile 16.0%
    10th Percentile 12.8%
        • The denominator for this measure comprised all Medicare beneficiaries who died between the ages of 66 and 99 during 2012. Beneficiaries without continuous Part A and B coverage in the last six months of life or who were enrolled in risk-bearing HMOs were excluded.

        • Among the decedents indicated in the denominator, late initiation of hospice service (within three or fewer days of death) was determined using the Hospice file. Rates were adjusted for age, sex, and race using the indirect method.

        • ADJUSTMENTS:
        • Rates are adjusted for age, sex and race using the indirect method, using the U.S. Medicare decedent population as the standard. Gender-specific rates are age and race adjusted; race-specific rates are age and sex adjusted.


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