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Latest quality data refresh on CMS Home Health Compare

Home health quality data has been refreshed on CMS Home Health Compare (data updated July 24, 2019) as follows:

  1. Quality of Care measures:
  • Quality of patient care star ratings

Managing daily activities (3 measures) – reporting data for 17Q4_18Q3

  • How often patients got better at walking or moving around
  • How often patients got better at getting in and out of bed
  • How often patients got better at bathing

Managing pain and treating symptoms (4 measures) – reporting data for 17Q4_18Q3

  • How often patients had less pain when moving around
  • How often patients’ breathing improved
  • How often patients’ wounds improved or healed after an operation
  • How often patients developed new or worsened pressure ulcers

Preventing harm (9 measures) – reporting data for 17Q4_18Q3

  • How often the home health team began their patients’ care in a timely manner
  • How often the home health team taught patients (or their family caregivers) about their drugs
  • How often patients got better at taking their drugs correctly by mouth
  • How often the home health team checked patients’ risk of falling
  • How often the home health team checked patients for depression
  • How often the home health team made sure that their patients have received a flu shot for the current flu season
  • How often the home health team made sure that their patients have received a pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia shot)
  • For patients with diabetes, how often the home health team got doctor’s orders, gave foot care, and taught patients about foot care
  • How often physician-recommended actions to address medication issues were completed timely

Preventing unplanned hospital care (5 measures) – reporting data as follows:

  • How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital (17Q1_17Q4)
  • 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)
  • How often home health patients, who have had a recent hospital stay, had to be re-admitted to the hospital
  • 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
  • How often patients remained in the community after discharge from home health

Payment and value of care (1 measure)

  • How much Medicare spends on an episode of care at this agency, compared to Medicare spending across all agencies nationally

2. Patient survey results (6 measures) reporting data for 18Q1 _18Q4

  • Patient survey summary star rating.
  • How often the home health team gave care in a professional way
  • How well did the home health team communicate with patients
  • Did the home health team discuss medicines, pain, and home safety with patients
  • How do patients rate the overall care from the home health agency
  • Would patients recommend the home health agency to friends and family

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