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CMS Releases First Round Of Home Health Compare Quality Of Patient Care Star Ratings

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015 2:15 PM

For the first time, CMS has published star ratings on Home Health Compare, its public information website for Home Health Agencies. Star ratings are meant to help consumers more quickly identify differences in quality and make sense of the information when selecting a healthcare provider. Star ratings can also help agencies identify areas of improvement. Each Home Health Agency will receive a single summary Quality of Patient Care Star Rating encompassing that agency's relative performance on 9 of the 29 quality measures already posted on Home Health Compare. The measures are calculated using information from patient assessments performed by the HHA and from Medicare claims submitted by the HHA. When calculating patient outcomes, statistical models are used to adjust for differences in the types of patients served by different agencies. The Home Health Compare Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings will be updated each quarter as more data becomes available. CMS plans to also introduce additional star ratings based on a patient experience of care survey in January 2016. Click here for information about the Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings. Click here to read more.

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