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Quality Data Updated on CMS Home Health Compare

Home health quality data has been refreshed on CMS Home Health Compare (data updated April 12, 2017) as follows:

1. Quality of patient care measures:

  • Managing daily activities (3 measures)  – reporting data for time period 15Q4_16Q3
  • Managing pain and treating symptoms (6 measures) – reporting data for time period 15Q4_16Q3
  • Preventing harm (8 measures) – reporting data for time period 15Q4_16Q3
  • Preventing unplanned hospital care (4 measures) – reporting data to June 30, 2016
    • How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital: 15Q3- 16Q2
    • How often patients receiving home health care needed any urgent, unplanned care in the hospital emergency room – without being admitted to the hospital: 15Q3- 16Q2
    • How often home health patients, who have had a recent hospital stay, had to be re-admitted to the hospital: 13Q3- 16Q2
    • How often home health patients, who have had a recent hospital stay, received care in the hospital emergency room without being re-admitted to the hospital: 13Q3- 16Q2

2. Patient survey results (5 measures)  15Q4_16Q3

Data collection period for the quality of patient care star ratings
The quality of patient care star ratings are calculated by combining data for a number of individual quality measures, so they’re based on data from a combination of the data collection time periods shown above.

Note: Six measures were dropped during the January 2017 refresh (as finalized in the 2017 HH PPS rule), including:

  1. Pain Assessment Conducted;
  2. Pain Interventions Implemented during All Episodes of Care;
  3. Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Conducted;
  4. Pressure Ulcer Prevention in Plan of Care;
  5. Pressure Ulcer Prevention Implemented during All Episodes of Care; and
  6. Heart Failure Symptoms Addressed during All Episodes of Care.

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