Quality Outcomes
02/26/2018
Ask patients if they have been concerned or fretted over a number of things lately. Doing so will help patients open up and relay any anxiety issues which, if undetected and untreated, could potentially cause worse patient outcomes.
02/26/2018
Some pressure ulcer data was mistakenly excluded from recent CMS reports on quality measures for home health agencies, but CMS says the data will be corrected before the measure is publicly reported on Home Health Compare.
02/12/2018
Although this year’s flu vaccine is only about 30% effective against this year’s dominant flu strain, it’s still important to make sure clients and staff get the vaccine.
02/12/2018
The opioid crisis in America continues to grow, prompting President Donald Trump to announce Jan. 29 that the new HHS Secretary would help confront the scourge. Home health agencies have a responsibility to help too, and can do so by training staff how to protect patients from the dangers of addiction.
02/05/2018
Just 34 home health agencies have maintained a 5-star rating in quality of care during the 11 quarters the star ratings system has existed.
02/05/2018
The nomination period for a technical expert panel (TEP) on the development of potentially preventable hospitalization measures for home health is now open.
01/29/2018
Merely asking patients if they’re experiencing shortness of breath (SOB) is an inadequate way to assess M1400 (When is the patient dyspneic or noticeably short of breath?) and may obscure the true acuity of patients’ diagnoses.
01/29/2018
The number of five-star home health agencies in the ratings system involving quality of care increased slightly in the latest Home Health Compare refresh.
01/24/2018
The following is a list of the 34 home health agencies that have achieved 5-star ratings in quality each quarter from July 2015 through January 2018.
01/08/2018
CMS officially decided to eliminate “Influenza immunization received for current flu season” from the list of home health quality of star ratings measures. This is the first time a measure has been removed since the quality of care star ratings began in July 2015.

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