CMS Releases Star Ratings on Home Health Compare
July 17, 2015 02:56 PM
On Thursday, July 16, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the first round of star ratings on the Home Health Compare web site.
“Adding star ratings to Home Health Compare is another step forward in our continuing efforts to empower consumers by providing more information to help them make health care decisions, while also encouraging providers to strive for higher levels of quality,” said Dr. Patrick Conway, Acting Principal Deputy Administrator for CMS and Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality.
Ratings are based on agencies’ relative performance on 9 of the 29 quality measures including:
How often the home health team began their patients’ care in a timely manner.
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 taught patients (or their family caregivers) about their prescribed drugs.
How often home health patients got better at walking or moving around.
How often home health patients got better at getting in and out of bed.
How often home health patients had less pain when moving around.
How often home health patients got better at bathing.
How often home health patients’ breathing improved.
How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital.
As previously reported, CMS recently released information on corrections to the second round of star ratings scheduled to be published on October 8, 2015. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice has expressed concern about the Star Ratings and the methodology used.
More information about the CMS announcement is available here.
Further information about the Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings is available on the CMS Home Health Star Ratings web site.