Comparative Reports on Home Health Care, Hospice Care, and Other Long-Term Care

The following reports are examples of comparative information on the quality of care provided by home health care, hospice care and other long-term care providers.

Report Title: Home Health Compare

Web Site: https://www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare/. Accessed November 19, 2015.

Subject: Home health

Developer: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Developer Type: Federal government

Location: United States

Synopsis: The Home Health Compare Web site contains information about the quality of care provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies across the United States. The quality information provided on this Web site shows how often each home health agency used recommended care practices when caring for its patients and whether patients improved in certain important areas of care, as well as what other patients said about their experiences at the home health agency. Home Health Compare uses star ratings to summarize the performance of each home health agency on nine quality measures, with one star as the lowest score and five stars as the highest.

Report Title: CalQualityCare

Web Site: http://www.calqualitycare.org/. Accessed November 19, 2015.

Subject: Home health

Developer: California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)

Developer Type: Foundation

Location: California

Synopsis: The CalQualityCare.org Web site provides quality ratings for California home health care agencies. The information provided on the Web site include location, staffing  information, accreditation, finances and costs, complaints and citations, deficiencies, special care, daily activities, pain management, preventing pressure ulcers, harm prevention, hospital emergencies, consumer experience, oversight, and regulation. The Quality of Agency Performance Rating is based on the number and type of deficiencies the agency received during routine inspections or complaint investigations over the most recent 3-year period. The Web site has tips and checklists on how to choose a health care provider, questions to ask, how to pay for care, and what to do if something goes wrong. The Web site also offers comparative information on hospitals, medical groups, nursing homes, assisted living, hospice services, services for people with developmentally disabilities and adult day care.

Report Title: New York State Home Care Profiles

Web Site: http://profiles.health.ny.gov/home_care. Accessed November 19, 2015.

Subject: Home health

Developer: New York State Department of Health

Developer Type: State government

Location: New York

Synopsis: Home Care Profiles provide information about home care agencies in New York State. The Web site has information on how home care agencies perform on quality measures such as managing daily activities, managing pain and moving around, patient satisfaction, preventing harm, preventing unplanned admissions, treating wounds, and preventing pressure ulcers. Home health care performance measures are displayed using charts, tables, numeric data, symbols, and descriptive information.

Report Title: Consumer Guide to Long Term Care

Web Site: http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/longtermcare/SearchPage.aspx?qs=NH. Accessed November 20, 2015.

Subject: Long-term care facilities

Developer: Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC)

Developer Type: State government

Location: Maryland

Synopsis: The Consumer Guide to Long Term Care is a searchable report on the performance on long-term care facilities such as adult day care, assisted living, home health care, hospice and nursing homes in Maryland. Long-term care quality measures that are reported on include prevention of falls, prevention of pressure ulcers, pain management, prevention of urinary tract infections, use of physical restraints, assistance with activities of daily living, staff vaccination rates, facility inspection report etc. The guide provides resources and information on long-term care services that are offered in homes or in the community. It also has personal resources and educational information such as definitions for long-term care, things to consider when planning for long-term care, information on advance directives and links to resources for paying for long-term care. The Consumer Guide to Long Term Care has links to checklists for home safety and a list of companies that specialize in home improvements.

Page last reviewed December 2016
Page originally created December 2016
Internet Citation: Comparative Reports on Home Health Care, Hospice Care, and Other Long-Term Care. Content last reviewed December 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/cahps/consumer-reporting/rcc/home-health.html