The Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports are now available in your CASPER folders. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in January 2016. The deadline to submit a request to have the star rating data suppressed is Oct. 17, 2015. The Preview Reports include directions on how to submit a suppression request if necessary.
The October refresh of the Home Health Compare website will occur on Oct. 8. The data presented on HHC in October were previewed in the reports posted on CASPER in July.
CMS notes that some providers may see small differences between the measure value displayed on Home Health Compare in October and that shown on their preview reports sent out in July, for select measures. This is because measure values were recalculated after the dissemination of the preview reports to include any late or corrected submission received after measure values were initially calculated, for each month during the 12-month reporting period. This recalculation did not affect the Quality of Patient Care star rating, or any of the measures included in its calculation. Going forward, the data tables used to calculate measures for Home Health Compare will be updated prior to the dissemination of the preview reports to capture any late or corrected OASIS submissions, and then frozen until display on Home Health Compare. Home Health Compare will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis.