CHA News Article

First Round of Home Health Compare Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Released

As required by the Affordable Care Act and to provide consumers with a summary of quality measures in an accessible format, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a quality of patient care star rating for home health agencies (HHAs) on the Home Health Compare website. Star ratings are designed to help consumers more quickly identify differences in quality and make use of information when selecting a health care provider, as well as assist agencies in identifying areas for improvement. Each HHA will receive a single star rating encompassing that agency’s relative performance on nine 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, and will be updated quarterly. In addition, CMS plans to introduce additional star ratings based on a patient experience of care survey in January 2016. For more information on home health star ratings, visit the CMS website