According to the CMS, system wide savings can be achieved when a home health agency prevents a re-hospitalization of the Medicare beneficiary or a further complication stemming from their illness, says the organization.
CMS contends seven quality measures from the existing Outcome-Based Quality Improvement (OBQI) set will be used to evaluate HHA performance so that HHAs will not have to submit additional data in order to participate.
The measures are:
Â· Incidence of Acute Care Hospitalization
Â· Incidence of Any Emergent Care
Â· Improvement in Bathing
Â· Improvement in Ambulation/Locomotion
Â· Improvement in Transferring
Â· Improvement in Status of Surgical Wounds
Â· Improvement in Management of Oral Medications