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CMS Releases New Post-Acute Care and Hospice Utilization and Payment Data

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the first annual release of the Post-Acute Care and Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use Files (PAC PUF) with data for 2017.

The PAC PUF replaces the Home Health, Hospice, and skilled nursing facilities (SNF) Utilization and Payment PUFs released in past years. Additional data in the new PAC PUF includes data for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) and long-term care hospitals (LTCH), a number of new metrics, and standardized metrics across all PAC and hospice settings.

The PAC PUF presents summarized information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by 9,701 home health agencies, 4,254 hospices, 15,036 SNFs, 1,119 IRFs, and 410 LTCHs. It includes summarized information on nearly 16 million claims and over $74 billion in Medicare payments for 2017. It contains information on demographic and clinical characteristics of beneficiaries served, professional and paraprofessional service utilization, submitted charges, and payments at the provider, state, and national levels. Additionally, the PUF includes payment information at the payment system level for home health agencies, SNFs, and IRFs. CMS protects beneficiaries’ personal information in all public data releases.

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