Aug 13, 2015

Home health agency ratings at Medicare.gov


Earlier this year Medicare released its five-star evaluation system for nursing homes. Now, home health care agencies are being rated in a similar way. Ratings are available online and should be useful for anyone seeking help for themselves or a loved one. And there are a lot of people doing just that: In 2014, over three million Medicare beneficiaries received help from home health agencies.

About 9,000 agencies were rated under the five-star system, using measures such as how quickly agencies replied to requests for visits after hospital discharge, improvement of patients, etc. As you look at the data, remember that three stars is considered a good rating for a home health agency. (Unlike other industries, such as the restaurant industry, where three out of five stars is considered only so-so.)

To use the new ratings tool, click here.

1 comment:

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