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Data Refresh on CMS Home Health Compare

Home health quality data has been refreshed on CMS Home Health Compare (data updated Jan 23 2019) as follows:

1. Quality of patient care measures:

  • Managing daily activities (3 measures)  – reporting data for 17Q2_18Q1
  • Managing pain and treating symptoms (3 measures) – reporting data for  17Q2_18Q1
  • Preventing harm (8 measures) – reporting data for  17Q2_18Q1
  • Preventing unplanned hospital care (5 measures) – reporting data follows:
  1. How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital (17Q1_17Q4)
  2. How often patients receiving home health care needed any urgent, unplanned care in the hospital emergency room – without being admitted to the hospital (17Q1_17Q4)
  3. How often home health patients, who have had a recent hospital stay, had to be re-admitted to the hospital (15Q1_17Q4)
  4. 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 (15Q1_17Q4)
  5. How often patients remained in the community after discharge from home health (16Q1_17Q4)
  • Payment value and care (1 measure)
    1. How much Medicare spends on an episode of care at this agency, compared to Medicare spending across all agencies nationally  (17Q1_17Q4)

2. Patient survey results (5 measures) reporting data for 17Q3_18Q2

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.

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