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CMS to Host ODF on Star Ratings for Home Health Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a special open door forum (ODF) May 7 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (PT) on the new set of star ratings for the Home Health Compare website. The ODF will describe the rationale for and offer an overview of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Home Health Care (HHCAHPS) patient survey star ratings, and will provide a detailed description of the methodology used to calculate ratings and assign stars. CMS plans to publicly report the HHCAHPS patient survey star ratings at www.medicare.gov beginning in January 2016. The patient survey star ratings were developed in addition to the quality of patient care star ratings, which will be released beginning in July.

To participate, call (800) 837-1935 and enter passcode 96436960#. A transcript and audio recording of the ODF will be posted to the CMS website at a later date. More information is available on the Home Health Quality Initiative web page and the HHCAHPS website.

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