To help consumers better differentiate between home health agencies when it comes to quality of patient care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday for the first time published star ratings for these agencies on its Home Health Compare website.

According to CMS, each home health agency receives a single summary Quality of Patient Care Star Rating based on their relative performance on 9 of the 29 quality measures posted on Home Health Compare. The measures are calculated using information from patient assessments performed by the home health agency and from submitted Medicare claims.

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