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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 23 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 4 out of 5 stars
Pennsylvania Average 3.5 out of 5 stars
National Average 3.5 out of 5 stars

Current data collection period: January 2013 through March 2016

Quality Measures

Managing Daily Activities

How often patients got better at walking or moving around

Abington Home Care 74.4%
Pennsylvania Average 72.2%
National Average 70.2%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

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

Abington Home Care 79.2%
Pennsylvania Average 70.4%
National Average 67.1%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

How often patients got better at bathing

Abington Home Care 75.7%
Pennsylvania Average 74.3%
National Average 73.6%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

Managing Pain and Treating Symptoms

How often patients had less pain when moving around

Abington Home Care 79.9%
Pennsylvania Average 73.8%
National Average 73.6%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

How often patients’ breathing improved

Abington Home Care 75.4%
Pennsylvania Average 74.6%
National Average 72.1%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

How often patients’ wounds improved or healed after an operation

Abington Home Care 91.4%
Pennsylvania Average 90.7%
National Average 90.5%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

Preventing Harm

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

Abington Home Care 94.6%
Pennsylvania Average 93.2%
National Average 93.2%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

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

Abington Home Care 97.8%
Pennsylvania Average 97.7%
National Average 97.2%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

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

Abington Home Care 63.2%
Pennsylvania Average 61.5%
National Average 59.9%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

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

Abington Home Care 99.8%
Pennsylvania Average 99.5%
National Average 99.4%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

How often the home health team checked patients
for depression

Abington Home Care 99.9%
Pennsylvania Average 98.3%
National Average 98.0%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

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

Abington Home Care 80.5%
Pennsylvania Average 76.4%
National Average 74.4%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

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

Abington Home Care 89.4%
Pennsylvania Average 81.5%
National Average 78.6%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

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 99.6%
Pennsylvania Average 96.6%
National Average 96.7%

Current data collection period: October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016

Preventing Unplanned Hospital Care

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

Abington Home Care 17.3%
Pennsylvania Average 17.5%
National Average 16.5%

Current data collection period: July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

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 11.3%
Pennsylvania Average 12.1%
National Average 12.5%

Current data collection period: July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016

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

Abington Home Care Worse Than Expected

Current data collection period: July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016

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: July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016

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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