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Home Health Quality Reporting Program

Home health agencies that are certified to participate in the Medicare program participate in a home health quality reporting initiative, requiring them to submit performance data on specified measures in an effort to improve the health care delivery system nationwide. These measures are designed to reflect best practice in patient care and fall into the following patient care domains:

  • Managing daily activities
  • Managing pain and treating symptoms
  • Treating wounds and preventing pressure sores (bed sores)
  • Preventing harm
  • Preventing unplanned hospital care

There are a total of 22 indicators that fall into the 5 patient care domains. Results from the most recent period for some of these measures are represented in the table below. For a complete list of quality measures and their results, please visit the Home Health Compare website at www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare.

Home Health Agency Quality Measures
April 1, 2015, Through March 31, 2016
Published as of October 2016

 

CATHOLIC HOME CARE

NEW YORK STATE AVERAGE

NATIONAL AVERAGE

Managing Daily Activities:

How often patients got better at walking or moving around.

Higher scores represent better performance.

69.8%

66.9%

67.6%

Managing Pain and Treating Symptoms:

How often the home health team treated their patients' pain.

Higher scores represent better performance.

98.5%

99.2%

99%

Treating Wounds and Preventing Pressure Sores:

How often the home health team checked patients for the risk of developing pressure sores (bed sores).

Higher scores represent better performance.

97.9%

99%

98.8%

Preventing Harm:

How often the home health team checked patients’ risk of falling.

Higher scores represent better performance.

99.4%

98.9%

99.3%

Preventing Unplanned Hospital Care:

How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital.

Lower scores represent better performance.

16.4%

16.6%

16.2%