For the first time, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has given star ratings to the home health agencies that it lists on its public information website, enabling consumers to evaluate the quality of their performance at a glance. In New Jersey, 48 providers received scores on a five-star scale.The ratings were based on nine quality measures already included among the Home Health Compare database’s 29 measures, the agency said in a news release Thursday.
These included information from patient assessments of their care and Medicare claims, such as how often patients have improved at tasks such as walking or getting in and out of bed, as well as hospital admissions and timeliness of treatment.
Of the 48 New Jersey providers in the database, seven topped the Garden State ratings with a 4.5-star mark, while only one came in below three stars, with a score of 2.5.
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Nationwide, 239 providers achieved 5-star marks, while only six received a 1-star score. The database includes more than 12,000 providers overall.
“Adding star ratings to Home Health Compare is another step forward in our continuing efforts to empower consumers by providing more information to help them make health care decisions, while also encouraging providers to strive for higher levels of quality,” Dr. Patrick Conway, acting principal deputy administrator for CMS and deputy administrator for innovation and quality, said in a prepared statement.
Among the 48 New Jersey providers, these seven received 4.5-star ratings from CMS:
These 11 received 4-star marks:
These 16 earned 3.5-star scores:
These 11 received a 3-star rating:
This one earned a 2.5-star score:
And these two received no score, due to either insufficient data or newness of certification:
To view the complete Home Health Compare data sets, click here. The ratings will be updated quarterly, CMS said, and an additional star rating based on another patient-experience survey is in the works.
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