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


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

  • aggregating related services over time by the same provider, and
  • aggregating related services over time that are delivered by different providers of care. 

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