The Home Health Compare website was updated 4/11/18. This is the first time that the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings have been calculated WITHOUT the Influenza Vaccination Measure on Home Health Compare. This measure will continue to be reported on Home Health Compare to encourage vaccination and CMS plans to this measure to ensure that rates do not decrease. All measures (OASIS- and claims-based) reported on this April 2018 update of Home Health Compare include data from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
All Medicare-certified Home Health Agencies (HHAs) are potentially eligible to receive a Quality of Patient Care Star Rating. Currently, HHAs must have at least 20 complete quality episodes for data for each measure to be reported on HHC. (Completed episodes are paired start or resumption of care and end of care OASIS assessments.) Episodes must have an end-of-care date within the 12-month reporting period regardless of start date. To have a Quality of Patient Care Star Rating computed, HHAs must have reported data for 5 of the 8 measures used in the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings calculation.
Additional information on this topic is available on the CMS Home Health Quality Initiative webpage:
- Removal of Influenza Vaccination Measure from Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Webinar Audio and Transcript 12-14-17
- Removal of Influenza Vaccination Measure from the Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Webinar handout 12-14-17
- QoPC Star Ratings Public Comment Summary 11-21-17