The Home Health Compare results were updated on October 24, 2017. However, the Quality of Patient Care measures were refreshed using the same data collection period as last quarter, January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
The value of some OASIS-based measures may have changed slightly to reflect submission of late or corrected OASIS data. The OASIS data reflects revisions or corrections made by HHAs as of Friday, Aug 25, 2017. Individual measures and Star Ratings for some agencies may be different from last quarter, but the national averages have had very slight changes.
Also, previous Home Health Compare updates “displayed data that were 6 months lagged for OASIS and 9 months for claims.” Starting with this refresh, data displayed are 9 months lagged for both OASIS and claims-based measures. Refresh updates were made to the Preventing Unplanned Hospital Care measures (both claims-based). The acute care hospitalizations measure improved this quarter, from 16.7% to 16.4%. The urgent, unplanned care in the emergency room measure worsened with an increase of 0.2%. (Collection period January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.)
Updates were also made for HHCAHPS measures and the national averages continue to remain the same. The data collection period for these measures and the Star Ratings is April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016.
The national average for the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings remained at 3.5 stars, along with the percent of agencies by Star Rating. According to CMS, higher Star Ratings are seen in agencies with more episodes. Sixty-six percent of agencies with more than 500 episodes rate 3.5 stars or higher, while 42% of agencies with less than 500 episodes rate 3.5 stars or higher.
To see where the 5 star agencies are located, visit our Home Health Compare page and use the drop down for Star Ratings at the agency level. You can also compare measures by state, by year, by release date and, the top 10 or top 20 percent.
 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Home Health Quality Initiative. Updates.
 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Modifications to the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Algorithm for Home Health Agencies. October 10, 2017