Post-Acute Care Episodes Expanded Analytic File. 2. Post-Acute Care Episode Definitions


This section describes the construction of the analytic file used to examine PAC episodes. The file allows for the analysis of a cohort of beneficiaries with an initiating event in 2006 and includes acute, PAC, and physician claims for these beneficiaries for 2006, 2007, and 2008. The analytic file also allows for examination of patterns of use over time by including a cross-sectional sample of the first PAC episode per beneficiary per year in each of the three years of data, 2006, 2007, and 2008. This section describes the analytic samples in greater detail, the definition of an initiating event, and the episode definitions included in the analyses.

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