Measures of Quality in Nursing Homes, Home Health Agencies, and Hospice

The measurement and reporting of quality of care for nursing homes and home health agencies has expanded in recent years, largely due to efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Measures are also available for hospice services, but to date they have been reported to the public only at the national and State levels in the National Healthcare Quality Report.

To the extent that data are available with sufficient numbers of patients/residents with varying demographic characteristics, it may be possible to conduct analyses that illuminate equity. But this is only being done at the national level (and where sample sizes permit, the State level) in the National Healthcare Disparities Report.

This section reviews nursing home and home health quality measure that you can report and suggests where and how you can get information about the measures. It also identifies measures that can be used to compare hospice quality; these measures are already being used by many hospices for purposes of quality improvement.

Nursing Home Care

Home Health Care

Hospice Care

Page last reviewed March 2016
Page originally created February 2015
Internet Citation: Measures of Quality in Nursing Homes, Home Health Agencies, and Hospice. Content last reviewed March 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/talkingquality/create/longtermcare/index.html