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Hospice Days per Decedent during the Last Six Months of Life
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    Hospice Days per Decedent during the Last Six Months of Life
    (Year: 2014; Region Levels: State)
    Utah 36.0
    South Carolina 33.0
    Arizona 32.2
    Georgia 31.2
    Alabama 31.2
    Idaho 30.6
    Texas 29.1
    Oklahoma 29.0
    Louisiana 27.9
    Delaware 27.1
    Ohio 26.9
    New Mexico 26.5
    Wisconsin 26.4
    Florida 25.9
    Missouri 25.7
    Mississippi 25.4
    Colorado 25.2
    Michigan 25.1
    Oregon 24.9
    North Carolina 24.0
    Minnesota 23.5
    Rhode Island 23.2
    Kansas 23.2
    Nevada 23.1
    Iowa 22.4
    Virginia 22.4
    Indiana 22.2
    Nebraska 22.2
    Pennsylvania 21.8
    Massachusetts 21.4
    Maine 21.1
    West Virginia 20.9
    California 20.8
    District of Columbia 20.7
    New Hampshire 20.5
    Arkansas 20.3
    Washington 20.2
    Tennessee 20.1
    Illinois 19.7
    New Jersey 19.6
    Hawaii 19.3
    Maryland 19.0
    Montana 18.8
    Connecticut 16.9
    Kentucky 16.2
    Vermont 15.5
    South Dakota 13.7
    Alaska 12.9
    New York 12.4
    North Dakota 12.3
    Wyoming 11.2
    National Average 23.3
    90th Percentile 31.2
    50th Percentile 22.4
    10th Percentile 13.7
        • 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:
        • Hospice utilization days from claims in the Hospice 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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