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This variable is the count of stays (unique admissions, which may span more than one facility) in the hospice setting for a given year. A hospice stay is defined as a set of one or more consecutive hospice claims where the beneficiary is only discharged on the most recent claim in the set.
The CLM_THRU_DT must have been in the year of the data file. Stays that cross-over into another calendar year would only appear in the year when the stay ended (e.g., a stay that began in 2017 but ended in 2018 would only be counted as a stay in the 2018 file).
Source: CCW (derived)