Category: Five-star quality rating system

CMS releases next draft MDS item set

A new DRAFT version of the 2020 MDS item sets (v1.18.0) was posted on December 20, 2019. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020. Section G has been removed from all Federal item sets. This section most notably helps facilities calculate quality measures.

Hospices’ scores on Hospice CAHPS measures

With Hospice CAHPS data, scores decreased on the measure “Willing to recommend this hospice” dropped to 84% in May 2019 from 85% in February 2019.   Hospice Compare’s latest update occurred May 23. It gets refreshed quarterly. Hospice CAHPS data were collected from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018. Measure May 2019 score February […]

HHCAHPS data submission deadline is approaching

Source: Home Health Line The next data submission deadline for HHCAHPS is 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 17. But note that CMS says that to ensure files can be accepted by the deadline, files must be submitted on or before Jan. 16. This deadline involves survey data for the third quarter of 2018. “Since CMS will […]

CMS releases tables detailing the 2019 quality measures for home health

Source: Home Health Line CMS has published updated details on potentially avoidable events, process and outcome measures for 2019. The updated tables also include details on star-ratings measures and quality measures new to Home Health Compare in 2019. Claims-based outcome measures “Medicare spending per beneficiary” and “Discharge to community” are joining the ranks of publicly […]

SNF QRP and What the Data Means

From Reg’s Blog. Yesterday, CMS began posting the first elements from the Quality Reporting Program. There are five elements that contain data, compared to the national average. Percent of residents developing new or worsening pressure injuries Percent of residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury Percent of residents who had a functional assessment […]

Is your facility committing these 7 readmission risks?

As of October 1, 2018, the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP) rewards SNFs with incentive payments for reducing hospital readmissions. To receive incentive payments for this quality measure, make sure these seven readmission risks don’t exist in your facility: 1. Inadequate staff. Staff are ill-prepared and not equipped to deal with the […]

Seven children die after virus in skilled nursing and rehab facility

Seven children have died from adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey. According to CNN, the health department was notified of the illness at the facility on October 9, and letters were sent to parents October 19. The children affected were medically fragile and have severely compromised immune system. […]

Hospices’ scores improve on one Hospice CAHPS measure

Brought to you by Home Health Line. With Hospice CAHPS data, the measure involving emotional and spiritual support ticked upward by 1% in the Aug. 16 refresh of Hospice Compare. Hospice Compare was updated Aug. 16. It gets refreshed quarterly. Hospice CAHPS data were collected between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2017. Measure August […]

Few home health agencies have remained 5 stars in quality since July 2015

Brought to you by Home Health Line. Just 27 home health agencies have maintained a 5-star rating in quality of care during the 13 quarters the star ratings system has existed. The latest ratings were released July 25. Four states have had multiple agencies achieve 5-star ratings for all 13 quarters: California (eight agencies), Texas […]

List of agencies that achieved 5-star ratings in every quarter since July 2015

Brought to you by Home Health Line. The following is a list of the 27 home health agencies that have achieved 5-star ratings in quality each quarter from July 2015 through July 2018 (congrats if you’re on the list!): Haggai Healthcare Corp., Phoenix, Ariz. Reliance Home Health Services, Paramount, Calif. Las Posas Home Health Services, […]