Post-Acute Care Episodes Expanded Analytic File. 4. Community-Initiated Episodes


Similar to the analyses of acute hospital-initiated episodes, the community-initiated episode analyses were based on the cross-sectional analytic sample described in Section 2. The analyses focused on understanding the types of cases with community-initiated episodes and any differences that occur in the 3 years of data examined here. In addition, the analyses looked more specifically at episode patterns, episode length, and episode payment under three different episode definitions. Overall episode summary statistics are shown here for each of the 3 years of data, though only 2008 data are shown for the episode pattern and service-specific utilization under different episode definitions. The key findings from the analyses of acute hospital-initiated analyses are summarized below. First we present the results of HHA-initiated episode analyses, followed by the results of the LTCH-initiated episode analyses and the IRF-initiated episode analyses.

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