Quality of patient care star ratings
What do the quality of patient care star ratings measure?
The quality of patient care star rating is a summary measure of agency performance based on how well a home health agency performs on 8 of the individual quality measures reported on Home Health Compare. These 8 measures include:
Process of care measures – how often the agency:
- Initiated patient care in a timely manner
- Provided patient/caregiver drug education on all medications
Outcome of care measures – how often the patient:
- Got better at walking or moving around
- Got better at getting in and out of bed
- Got better at bathing themselves
- Was able to engage in activity with less pain
- Experienced less shortness of breath
- Required acute care hospitalization
These measures were selected to give a general overview of agency performance on measures that apply to the most people. Learn more about these individual quality measures.
Where do the quality of patient care star ratings come from?
The quality of patient care star ratings are calculated using each home health agency’s scores on 8 individual quality measures, which are based on home health agency patient assessments and Medicare claims. Get information about the time period on which the current star ratings are based.
Which home health agencies get quality of patient care star ratings?
Currently, home health agencies must have at least 20 complete quality episodes for data on a measure to be reported on Home Health Compare. (Completed episodes are paired start or resumption of care and end of care OASIS assessments.) Episodes must have a discharge date within the 12-month reporting period regardless of admission date. To have a quality of patient care star rating computed, home health agencies must have reported data for 5 of the 8 measures used in the star rating calculation.
How often are the quality of patient care star ratings updated?
The quality of patient care star ratings are updated quarterly, at the same time the data on the individual quality measures are updated. This means the quality of patient care star rating for each home health agency may change from one quarter to the next.