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

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All chronically ill patients

Deaths occurring in 2015

PLEASE NOTE: data for 2015 are based on deaths occurring between January 1 and September 30, 2015.

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.

Other Relevant Reports

Tracking Improvement in the Care of Chronically Ill Patients: A Dartmouth Atlas Brief on Medicare Beneficiaries Near the End of Life (2013)

Tracking the Care of Patients with Severe Chronic Illness: The Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care (2006)

Cancer patients