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Care of Chronically Ill Patients during the Last Two Years of Life

All chronically ill patients

Deaths occurring in 2014


Deaths occurring in 2013


Deaths occurring in 2012


Deaths occurring in 2011


Deaths occurring in 2010


Deaths occurring in 2009


Deaths occurring in 2008


Deaths occurring 2003-07

More information about the data can be found in Trends and Variation in End-of-Life Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Severe Chronic Illness.


Deaths occurring 2001-05

More information about the data can be found in Tracking the Care of Patients With Severe Chronic Illness: The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care 2008.


Click here to read about changes in methods between the 2001-05 and 2003-07 analyses.

NOTE: the rates and populations in the HRR and state tables are lower than those in the hospital tables. The regional study includes chronically ill patients who were not hospitalized during the last two years of life, which has the effect of reducing the per capita rates (since these patients were never hospitalized, they had no hospital utilization and lower physician utilization than hospitalized patients). The populations are lower because the regional study used a 20% sample of patients; the 20% Part B database was required to identify chronically ill patients who were not hospitalized.

Cancer patients

Deaths occurring in 2012


Deaths occurring in 2011


Deaths occurring in 2010


Deaths occurring 2003-07

More information about the data can be found in Quality of End-of-Life Cancer Care for Medicare Beneficiaries.






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