CDC releases 2000 National Home and Hospice Care Survey

Monday, May 31, 2004

ATLANTA - Approximately 1,355,300 patients received home health care services from 7,200 agencies in 2000, according to a new set of data tables released by the CDC in April.

The 2000 National Home and Hospice Care data reveals that walkers were the most common form of DME in use in 2000, with 522,200 patients of home health agencies using the devices. Some 326,900 home health patients used a wheelchair and 114,000 were on oxygen, according to the report.

The report did not detail how many patients of durable medical equipment companies only were using the same devices.

The report is the sixth in a series of surveys (conducted in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000) that provide information on characteristics of agencies that provide home health and hospice care services, their current patients and discharges.