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CMS Proposes Two Changes to Home Health Star Ratings Algorithm

From Home Health Care News: One measure behind home health quality of patient care star ratings may be on its way out, but another is poised to take its place.  The Medicare Learning Network, an education and outreach arm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), outlined two recommended changes to quality of patient care star rating methodology, both having to do with measures related to medication adherence. Proposed changes include the removal of the OASIS-based “drug education on all medications provided to patient [and] caregiver” measure in calculating star ratings, along with the addition of a measure looking at improvement in management of oral medications, which is already reported on in Home Health Compare (HHC).

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