The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that the Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings preview reports are now available in the CASPER folders. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in January 2016. The deadline to request to have the suppression of star-rating data is October 17, 2015.
A suppression request should follow the directions presented in the Preview Reports. Some providers may see small differences for select measures, between July and the final October postings, as measures were recalculated after the dissemination of the preview reports to include any late or corrected submissions. This recalculation did not affect 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 before the preview reports are sent – to capture any late or corrected OASIS submissions – and then frozen until display on Home Health Compare, which will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis.