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

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Table 13. Data Availability for Terminal Illness

Data Availability

Terminal Illness Data

Advantage

Disadvantage

CMS approval/
DUA required

OASIS

  • Captures life expectancy of less than 6 months.
  • Data are current (within several months) and available at zip code level.
  • Requires application for DUA.
  • Captures only patients in the care of Medicare/Medicaid-certified home health agencies.

Medicare claims

  • Captures use of equipment (hospital beds and medications) and hospice services by persons living in the Worcester zip code.
  • Data are limited to a segment of the population that is older than 65, has a disability, or has ESRD.

Medicaid claims

  • Captures use of equipment (hospital beds and medications) and hospice services 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.

Public use files

National Hospice and Home Care Survey

  • Captures hospice services provided by an agency Data from 2007.
  • Geographic detail for U.S. Census regions and MSA indicators—county level.

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