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Quality of Patient Care

Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings

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.

While the quality of patient care star rating provides a summary of agency performance, you may prefer to compare agencies on the individual measures that are related to the types of services you’ll need, based on your own condition.

Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings

Abington Home Care 3.5 out of 5 stars
Pennsylvania Average 3.5 out of 5 stars
National Average 3 out of 5 stars

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

Quality Measures

Managing Daily Activities

How often patients got better at walking or moving around

Abington Home Care 68.1%
Pennsylvania Average 68.2%
National Average 66.4%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often patients got better at getting in and out of bed

Abington Home Care 67.5%
Pennsylvania Average 65.4%
National Average 62.3%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often patients got better at bathing

Abington Home Care 70.4%
Pennsylvania Average 70.9%
National Average 70.6%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

Managing Pain and Treating Symptoms

How often the home health team checked patients for pain

Abington Home Care 99.6%
Pennsylvania Average 99.0%
National Average 98.9%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team treated their patients’ pain

Abington Home Care 99.8%
Pennsylvania Average 99.0%
National Average 98.9%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often patients had less pain when moving around

Abington Home Care 67.1%
Pennsylvania Average 70.5%
National Average 70.2%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team treated heart failure
(weakening of the heart) patients’ symptoms

Abington Home Care 99.6%
Pennsylvania Average 98.3%
National Average 98.1%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often patients’ breathing improved

Abington Home Care 71.5%
Pennsylvania Average 72.5%
National Average 69.2%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

Treating Wounds and Preventing Pressure

How often patients’ wounds improved or healed after an operation

Abington Home Care 89.2%
Pennsylvania Average 89.2%
National Average 89.8%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team checked patients for the risk of developing pressure sores (bed sores)

Abington Home Care 99.6%
Pennsylvania Average 99.3%
National Average 98.8%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team included treatments to prevent pressure sores (bed sores) in the plan of care

Abington Home Care 99.2%
Pennsylvania Average 98.7%
National Average 98.3%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team took doctor-ordered action to prevent pressure sores (bed sores)

Abington Home Care 99.4%
Pennsylvania Average 97.5%
National Average 97.6%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

Preventing Harm

How often the home health team began their patients’ care
in a timely manner

Abington Home Care 90.4%
Pennsylvania Average 92.5%
National Average 92.3%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team taught patients (or their
family caregivers) about their drugs

Abington Home Care 99.5%
Pennsylvania Average 96.6%
National Average 95.8%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often patients got better at taking their drugs
correctly by mouth

Abington Home Care 57.5%
Pennsylvania Average 57.4%
National Average 56.1%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team checked patients’
risk of falling

Abington Home Care 99.0%
Pennsylvania Average 99.2%
National Average 99.1%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team checked patients
for depression

Abington Home Care 99.7%
Pennsylvania Average 98.3%
National Average 97.9%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team made sure that their patients have received a flu shot for the current flu season

Abington Home Care 78.7%
Pennsylvania Average 73.4%
National Average 69.4%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

How often the home health team made sure that their patients have received a pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia shot)

Abington Home Care 86.9%
Pennsylvania Average 76.7%
National Average 72.8%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

For patients with diabetes, how often the home health team got doctor’s orders, gave foot care, and taught patients about foot care

Abington Home Care 99.4%
Pennsylvania Average 96.0%
National Average 96.0%

Current data collection period: January 1, 2015 Through December 31, 2015

Preventing Unplanned Hospital Care

How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital

Abington Home Care 16.9%
Pennsylvania Average 16.5%
National Average 16.0%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2014 Through September 30, 2015

How often patients receiving home health care needed any urgent, unplanned care in the hospital emergency room – without being admitted to the hospital

Abington Home Care 12.1%
Pennsylvania Average 12.1%
National Average 12.4%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2014 Through September 30, 2015

How often home health patients, who have had a recent hospital stay, had to be re-admitted to the hospital

Abington Home Care Same As Expected

Current data collection period: October 1, 2012 Through September 30, 2015

How often home health patients, who have had a recent hospital stay, received care in the hospital emergency room without being re-admitted to the hospital

Abington Home Care Worse Than Expected

Current data collection period: October 1, 2012 Through September 30, 2015

Data Sources: The home health quality measures are based on data collected on adult non-maternity home care patients getting skilled services whose care is covered by Medicare (both fee for service and managed care) or Medicaid and provided by a Medicare-approved home health agency. The information on process and improvement outcome measures posted on Home Health Compare comes from the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) quality data submitted by home health agencies to state repositories and stored in the Quality Improvement Evaluation System (QIES) database. The information on utilization measures posted on Home Health Compare comes from Medicare claims.

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