The quality of home health quality and patient care given by the nation’s home health agencies has waned slightly in recent months, though the shift went highly unnoticed by home health sufferers, in accordance to recently released data.
Particularly, the number of home health agencies nationwide that gained a 4.5 patient care star rating of home health quality fell 1 percent since CMS previously reported such data in the month of October 2016, while the number of home health agencies that earned a 2.5% care star rating increased 1 percent, in accordance to an analysis of Home Health Compare data from Northampton, Massachusetts-based consultancy firm Fazzi Associates.
Meanwhile, all national averages for the Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HHCAHPS) star ratings—which depict home health patient experience—sustained to be the same as last quarter.
CMS basically updates data on a quarterly basis—January, April, July and October.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the Home Health Compare results and its rating of home health quality on the day of Jan. 26. The data for Quality of Patient Care measures was accumulated between the time period of July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, while the data for the HHCAHPS measures was gathered between July 2015 and June 2016.
Nearly, all national averages for the Quality of Patient Care measures demonstrated improvement this quarter, except multifactor fall risk assessment conducted, which sustained to be the same, Fazzi noted. Measures with the most important improvement involved diabetic foot care and patient education implemented, as well as improvement in ambulation.
All quality measures involved under Value-Based Purchasing also indicated improvement, except acute care hospitalizations, which were at 16 percent between the time period of January 2016 and July 2016 before worsening to 16.3 percent. The collection period for this data set occurred between the time period of April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.
Per the final 2017 Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rule, 6 measures were eliminated from Home Health Compare public reporting this quarter: pressure ulcer risk conducted, pain interventions implemented, pressure ulcer prevention included in the plan of care, pain assessment conducted, pressure ulcer prevention implemented and heart failure symptoms addressed.
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