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HHQI (Home Health Quality Improvement) National Campaign

Home health care is defined as care provided by skilled professionals to patients in their homes under the direction of a physician. The skilled services that can be provided in a home setting include physical therapy, skilled nursing care, speech therapy, occupational therapy, medical social services, and home health aide.

In 2003, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI), with the goal of improving quality of home health care provided to all patients. A grassroots movement was established to unite home health stakeholders and multiple healthcare settings under a shared vision of reducing avoidable hospitalizations, advancing care quality and improving medication management. The campaign is executed under contract by WVMI & Quality Insights, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health across the nation and you can access all the information you might need about the program through the CMS website at https://www.cms.gov/HomeHealthQualityInits/ or the HHQI website at http://www.homehealthquality.org/.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will lead this national initiative across settings.  HHQI is a four-prong effort that consists of the following:

♦ Regulation and enforcement activities conducted by state survey agencies and CMS to assure compliance with federal standards for quality and patient safety

♦ Improved consumer information on the quality of care provided by home health agencies (HHAs) through publication of quality measures on the CMS Web site

♦ Continuous community-based quality improvement programs for HHAs by Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs)

♦ Collaboration and partnership between federal and state agencies, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders to leverage knowledge and resources and impact care

The goal of this campaign is to provide Best Practices (BPIPS) to agencies on evidence-based practice that will improve patient outcomes and reduce avoidable hospitalizations. You can easily view these BPIPS on the Home Health Quality Improvement website under the Education Menu.

Along with the BPIPS, the HHQI website also allows for you to view both risk-adjusted and non-risk adjusted OASIS data reports for select measures. You can REGISTER and view the collected data securely on the website as well as network with the virtual community through its FORUMS, LIVE CHATS, and MORE.

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