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Data Sources for the At-Risk Community-Dwelling Patient Population

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Table 10. Data Availability for Specialized Medical Equipment

Data Availability

Specialized Medical Equipment Data

Advantage

Disadvantage

CMS approval/
DUA required

OASIS

  • Captures the use of ventilators.
  • Data are current (within several months) and available at zip code level.
  • No information on VADs.
  • Requires application for DUA.
  • Captures only patients in the care of Medicare/Medicaid-certified home health agencies.

Medicare claims

  • Captures the use of ventilators and VADs and supplies and equipment by persons living in the Worcester zip code.
  • Not captured after one year, when equipment is no longer considered "rental".
  • Data are limited to a segment of the population that is older than 65, has a disability, or has ESRD.

Medicaid claims

  • Captures the use of ventilators and VADs and supplies and equipment by persons living in the Worcester zip code.
  • Data are limited to low-income individuals, which varies from State to State and year to year.

Submission of proposal and fee

NHIS—D

  • Captures the use of ventilators and tracheostomy tube.
  • No information on VADs.
  • Require a proposal and fee.
  • Data are old (1995).

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