Exploring Episode-Based Approaches for Medicare Performance Measurement, Accountability and Payment Final Report. Types of Episode of Care Constructions that Have Been Proposed or which Are in Use


A broad variety of episode definitions have been used in practice or proposed in the health policy literature.  Episodes could be constructed in a variety of ways, encompassing different parts of the continuum of care.  Conceptually, health care services could be aggregated into episodes along two dimensions:

  1. aggregating related services over time by the same provider, and
  2. aggregating related services over time that are provided by different providers of care.  

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