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Improving Patient Choice: Meaningful Measures of Home Health and Hospice Care Quality


  • CMS wants meaningful data to help patients and their families choose home health and hospice care.
  • Abt updates current quality reporting tools and quality measures, and develops new ones.
  • The reporting systems will help patients and families select high quality home health and hospice care providers.
The Challenge

To help patients and their families find high quality home health and hospice care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires support for developing and maintaining patient assessment tools and quality measures for its Home Health and Hospice Quality Reporting Programs. This includes developing and testing new assessment items and quality measures that meaningfully assess aspects of care that patients and families value, and that providers can use to improve quality.

The Approach

Building on Abt’s work developing clinical assessment tools and quality measures in post-acute care settings, our researchers are:

  • Developing a new hospice patient assessment instrument that measures clinical care and quality throughout the hospice stay.
  • Updating the home health patient assessment instrument to improve data standardization.
  • Developing, testing, and implementing reliable, valid quality measures for these settings of care.