Frequently Asked Questions

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By Topic: Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data Subtopic: Home Health Agencies

Who pays the difference between what the provider charges and Medicare pays?
The provider has an ... (more)

What is the difference between “Total Charges” and “Total Payments”?
“Total Charges” ... (more)

What is the difference between “Medicare Payment Amount” and “Medicare Standard Payment Amount” in ...
“Medicare Payment ... (more)

How are averages calculated for the “Average Charge Amount”, “Average Payment Amount”, and “Avera...
The average payment ... (more)

In the Home Health Agency PUF, why are “Total Charges” sometimes lower than “Total Payments”?
This is due to the nature of the home he... (more)

Why don’t you include “Allowed Charges” in the Home Health Agency PUF?
Home health services... (more)

What are the definitions for the “Total Episodes” and “Distinct Users” variables in the Home Health...
“Total episodes”... (more)

Are any of the data suppressed in the Home Health Agency PUF data?
Data was suppressed ... (more)

Does the Home Health Agency PUF contain information for beneficiaries in Medicare Advantage? What about Med...
No, the Home Health ... (more)

If I publish findings from the Home Health Agency PUF in medical journals do I need to obtain permission fr...
No, this data is pub... (more)