The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated market saturation data, revealing the number of home health providers and fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries in each state.
CMS uses the data to monitor market saturation to prevent fraud, waste and abuse, the agency said. It also reveals the degree to which use of a service is related to the number of providers in a region.
For home health, CMS presented market saturation data from October 2015 through September 2016. States with the most home health care providers during that period include: Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.
Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Florida all lost some providers between the most recent data set and the previous update, which reported data from July 2015 through June 2016. California added some providers over the same time period. The data is updated quarterly, according to CMS.
No states changed categories between the two most recent data sets as a result of changes in the number of providers. CMS ranks states and counties into categories for the selected metrics—lowest 25%, second lowest 25%, third lowest 25%, top 25%, excluding extreme values and extreme values.
Review the full data set here.
Written by Amy Baxter