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: