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QuickStats: Average Length of Service Provided to U.S. Home Health-Care Patients, by Selected Period --- United States, 1991--2000

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From 1993--1994 to 1999--2000, the overall length of service provided to patients in home health care declined. Several factors have contributed to this decline, including a special initiative implemented in 1995 to identify fraud and abuse in home health care and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, which changed the Medicare payment system for home health care. Medicare covers approximately two thirds of those receiving home health care. Length of service did not decline among home health-care patients with Medicaid or private health insurance during this period. Additional information is available at

SOURCES: Han B, Remsburg R, Lubitz J, Goulding M. Payment source and length of use among home health agency discharges. Medical Care 2004;42:1081--90.

National Center for Health Statistics. National Home and Hospice Care Surveys, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, and 2000. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics.

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