National Home and Hospice Care Survey

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The National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS) is a series of nationally representative sample surveys of U.S. home health and hospice agencies. It is meant to provide descriptive information on home health and hospice agencies, their staff, their services, and their patients. Information collected on agencies includes the year an agency was established, the types of services provided, referral sources, specialty programs, and staff characteristics. Data collected on home health patients and hospice discharges include age, sex, race, ethnicity, services received, length of time since admission, diagnoses, medications taken, advance directive, and more. Surveys have been conducted in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2007, but data is only available online from 1996 forward. Sample design varies by year, and the survey was redesigned and expanded for 2007. It now includes a supplemental survey of home health aides employed by home health and/or hospice agencies.
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Survey Methodology, documentation, and data files are available for free online for 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2007. Datasets are available in SAS and ASCII format. Users need Winzip in order to extract the data from zip files.
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