The Home Health Quality Initiative began with the publication of home health quality measures for eight states in the spring of 2003. The Home Health Compare web site, sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS), makes home health quality measures available to consumers to help them choose a home health agency. Home Health Quality Measures currently are available for home health agencies in eight states:
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Measures will be available nationwide in late fall 2003, according to a CMS spokesperson. Home Health Compare for the national rollout will reflect data in OSCAR as of Aug. 8, 2003. Because the processing time of changes varies from state to state, home health agencies should contact their state survey agency OSCAR/ASPEN coordinator as soon as possible to ensure that changes are reflected in the national rollout, the spokesperson suggests.
For more information about the measures, go to: www.medicare.gov and select "Home Health Compare."