Wednesday, June 29, 2005

CMS – Home Health Quality Initiative

Home health care is care provided to people who have a medical need for skilled care. A home health agency offers health care and personal care to patients in their own home, and in many cases, teaches them to care for themselves.

Home health care includes skilled nursing care, as well as other skilled care services, like physical and occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and medical social services.

The Outcome and ASessment Information Set (OASIS) is a group of data elements that:

  • represent core items of a comprehensive assessment for an adult home care patient;
  • and form the basis for measuring patient outcomes for purposes of outcome-based quality improvement (OBQI).
The OASIS is a key component of Medicare's partnership with the home care industry to foster and monitor improved home health care outcomes.
The Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) aims to
  • empower consumers with public reporting of home health quality measures to make more informed decisions and
  • stimulate and support providers to improve the quality of health care.

The quality measures for the Home Health Quality Initiative are a subset of the OASIS outcome measures reported in the OBQI reports.

Consumers are able to view these measures on Home Health Compare website.

See also:

Home Health Quality Initiative Measures [Set]

Outcome-Based Quality Improvement (OBQI) Measures [Set]