CMS has posted the second annual release of the Home Health Agency Public Use File (Home Health Agency PUF) with data for 2014. The Home Health Agency PUF presents summarized information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by home health agencies. It contains information on utilization, payment (Medicare payment and Medicare standardized payment), submitted charges, and demographic and chronic condition indicators organized by CMS Certification Number (6-digit provider identification number), Home Health Resource Group (HHRG), and state of service. The new 2014 PUF has information for 10,882 home health agencies (down from 11,062 in 2013), over 6 million claims, and almost $18 billion in Medicare payments for 2014. New in the 2014 data is the demographic and chronic condition information. CMS protects beneficiaries’ personal information in all public data releases.
The updated 2014 data and supplemental information can be accessed at: https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/HHA.html