This week, Atrius Health announced that home health care affiliates VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston received high Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These new scores from CMS will allow consumers to compare and choose among home health agencies on the basis of quality patient care. VNA Care Network & Hospice received a 4.0 out of 5.0 star rating, one of the 20% of home health agencies nationwide that received a 4-star rating or better. VNA of Boston received a 4.5 star rating, landing within the 8% of home health agencies in the country to receive that score or better. Both ratings are higher than the national and state averages, which are 3.0 and 3.5 respectively.
"Delivering this level of home health and hospice requires compassionate care from dedicated staff who are willing to go above and beyond for their patients. I'm proud to say that our teams exceed those standards and we look forward to continuing to improve even more our provision of high quality care to those we serve," said Mary Ann O'Connor, President & CEO of VNA Care Network Foundation. "I am thrilled to extend my utmost congratulations to VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston for their well-deserved Medicare Star Ratings."
This year marks the first time CMS has evaluated home health agencies in quality patient care. The ratings will appear on the CMS Home Health Compare (HHC) website in October 2015. CMS calculated these ratings through patient assessments performed by each home health agency, and evaluated each agency based on 9 of the 29 quality measures posted on Home Health Compare.
These nine quality measures include:
- How often the home health team began their patients' care in a timely manner.
- How often the home health team made sure that their patients have received a flu shot for the current flu season.
- How often the home health team taught patients (or their family caregivers) about their prescribed drugs.
- How often home health patients got better at walking or moving around.
- How often home health patients got better at getting in and out of bed.
- How often home health patients had less pain when moving around.
- How often home health patients got better at bathing.
- How often home health patients' breathing improved.
- How often home health patients had to be admitted to the hospital.
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About Atrius Health
Atrius Health is the Northeast's largest nonprofit independent multi-specialty medical group. The Atrius Health practices-including Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates-together with VNA Care Network & Hospice serve 675,000 patients across eastern Massachusetts. A national leader in delivering high-quality, patient-centered coordinated care, the Atrius Health medical groups and home health agency & hospice work together, and in collaboration with hospital partners, community specialists and skilled nursing facilities, to develop innovative, effective and efficient ways of delivering care in the most appropriate setting, making it easier for patients to be healthy.