Data Years Available:
Available for 1994 onward; the most recent data posted are from 2005 or 2006, depending on the indicator selected.
Annual or periodic, depending on indicator.
Mode of Collection:
This is a "secondary" data source. The original data come from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrative and claims data, U.S. Census population data.
The database contains information on Medicare spending and on Medicare utilization of selected services, providers, and facilities, by state, local, and regional market areas; by selected subpopulations of Medicare beneficiaries, including decedents and chronically ill beneficiaries; and by providers. The database also allows users to compare quality measures across hospitals.
Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 65 and 99 years with full Part A and Part B entitlement are included in the database. Persons enrolled in managed care organizations are excluded from the analysis.
Indicators are created from Medicare claims and administrative data. The percentage of Medicare deaths occurring in a hospital was computed using “death in a hospital” (discharge status B in the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) file) as the numerator event. For the percentage of Medicare deaths who were admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) in the last 6 months of life, the numerator event was “death in a hospital with admission to an ICU within 6 months of the death date, “ using MEDPAR files. Rates were age, sex, and race adjusted and were expressed as a percentage of deaths. Medicare decedents are identified by their ZIP code of residence. Total ICU days measures intensive care days (which includes medical, surgical, trauma, and burn care) and coronary care days to produce a total ICU days measure. Intermediate care or step-down units are also included.
Response Rates and Sample Size:
The data are from the MEDPAR file, a 100% sample of inpatient claims. The file includes one record for each hospital stay by a Medicare beneficiary, including data on dates of admission and discharge, diagnoses, procedures, and Medicare reimbursements to the hospital.