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Home Health Star Rating System Begins In July

Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 9:16 AM

CMS has announced plans to implement a five star rating system for home health agencies on the Home Health Compare website starting in July 2015. The Home Health Compare (HHC) Star Rating includes nine of the 22 currently reported process and outcome quality measures. These measures include three process measures, five outcome measures, and one claims based measure. The methodology for calculating “is based on a combination of individual measure rankings and the statistical significance of the difference between the performance of an individual HHA on each measure and the performance of all HHAs.” These quality measure values for HHAs are compared to the national agency median with their rating adjusted to reflect the differences relative to other agencies’ quality measure values. The adjusted ratings are then combined into one overall HHC Star Rating that summarizes each of the nine individual measures. Please note, CMS is sponsoring a webinar to review the format of the report and the process for requesting review of the HHC rating on March 26, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET. Click here to register for this webinar. Click here to view frequently asked questions on the HHC Star Rating System. Click here to read more.

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