A couple of months ago I posted a blog about Star Ratings for hospitals and now Home Health Agencies are getting in on the act. The purpose of the Star Ratings are to assist consumers in identifying the best places to seek care. Both Golden Valley Memorial Hospital and GVMH Home Health received 4 star ratings.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the first star ratings to Home Health Compare, which are based on nine of 29 quality measures publicly reported by home health agencies for calendar year 2014. Medicare-certified agencies that reported data for at least five of the nine measures during the 12-month reporting period received a star rating. For more information, see the CMS factsheet.
The quality of patient care star rating summarizes 9 of the 29 quality measures reported on Home Health Compare. It provides a single indicator of an agency’s performance compared to other agencies.
- A 4- or 5-star rating means that the agency performed better than other agencies on the 9 measured care practices and outcomes.
- A 1- or 2-star rating means that the agency’s average performance on the 9 measured care practices and outcomes was below the averages of other agencies.
- Across the country, most agencies fall “in the middle” with 3 or 3½ stars.
Achieving a Star Rating of 4 reflects the great care provided by GVMH’s Home Health and compares very well the Missouri State average of three and a half stars and even better to the national average of three stars. Congratulations!