Through its measure management initiative, CMS is reducing the number of measures reported to home health agencies in on-demand tally reports.
CMS will remove previously retired measures from these reports starting in January 2020. These retired measures are:
  • Improvement in grooming;
  • Improvement in toileting hygiene;
  • Improvement in eating;
  • Improvement in urinary tract infection;
  • Stabilization in cognitive functioning;
  • Improvement in anxiety level;
  • Stabilization in anxiety level;
  • Improvement in behavior problem frequency;
  • Emergency department use with hospitalization;
  • Depression interventions implemented during all episodes of care;
  • Treatment of pressure ulcers based on principles of moist wound healing for all episodes;
  • Drug education on high risk medications provided to patient/caregiver SOE;
  • Falls prevention steps implemented for all episodes;
  • Pressure ulcer prevention implemented for all episodes; and
  • Pain interventions implemented during all episodes.
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