HHC Star Rating Preview Reports Available Soon
March 31, 2015 09:25 AM
On March 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a webinar to introduce home health agencies to the Home Health Compare (HHC) Star Rating preview report.
Star ratings will be published on HHC in mid-July 2015. The HHC Star Ratings will be based on OASIS data, from January through December 2014, and claims data, from October 2013 through September 2014. These are the same data underlying the quality measures scores that will be published on HHC in April 2015 under the current schedule.
The HHC Star Ratings will be updated quarterly. Agencies will have an opportunity to review their star rating each quarter prior to them being posted on HHC. The first preview report will be available in late March.
The HHC Star Rating Provider Preview Report includes an overall HHC Star Rating for the provider, a description of how the HHC Star Rating is calculated, and a “scorecard” showing the actual calculation of the HHC Star Rating for the provider.
During the call, CMS reviewed the elements of the scorecard. The scorecard will show the following elements for each measure:
The HHAs Score
The Initial Decile Ranking
The Number of Cases (N) for the agency
The National (All HHA) Median
The HHA Statistical Test Probability Value (p value)
The Statistical Results (is the p-value ≤ 0.050?) “Yes” or “No”
The scorecard will also show the HHAs overall average adjusted rating, the average adjusted rating rounded, and the overall star rating.
In addition, the report will include a process for requesting a review of the report if the agency believes there has been an error in the calculation.
HHAs will have about two and a half weeks to request review of their HHC Star Rating. The agency must have evidence that missing or inaccurate data have affected quality measure results and that the volume of missing or inaccurate data is significant enough to potentially affect the final HHC Star Rating.
Agencies will now receive two preview reports quarterly through their Certification And Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) mailboxes: the report for quality measures and the HHC Star Ratings preview report. Both reports will be delivered to CASPER mailboxes as under current process.
Several of the participants on the call asked how the HHC Star Rating preview report will be identified in CASPER. CMS did not have a clear answer for how the report file will appear in the CASPER system. CMS will address this issue and provide a response in their FAQs document.
To view the slide presentation from the call and additional resources related to HHC Star Rating, click here. CMS anticipates that it will have an audio recording of the call available within the two weeks.