Frequently Asked Questions

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Can the “Total Days” and “Hospice Beneficiaries” variables in the Hospice PUF be used to calculate hospice beneficiaries’ length of stay?

Total days and distinct hospice beneficiaries cannot be used to calculate length of stay in hospice because many hospice beneficiaries have stays that span multiple calendar years. The total days variable in the PUF only includes the hospice care days provided in 2015. However these variables may be used to calculate the average number of hospice care days per hospice beneficiary, which approximates a true length of stay.

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