July 30, 2015
Memorial Home Health Shines in New Federal Star Ratings
Manchester, KY: As the federal government launches its new star rating for Medicare-certified home care providers, Memorial Home Health agency is ranked in the top echelons, out of over 10,500 Medicare-certified home health agencies nationwide.
Memorial Home Health (MHH), along with Martin County Home Health, which operates under the parent agency of MHH, are rated four stars. This high rating of 4.0 surpasses the state and national averages, which are at 3.5 and 3.0 respectively.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, known as CMS, is compiling the rankings based on the quality of outcomes and processes. The ratings look at the agencies' success in such areas as improving patients' ability to walk, bathe and get in and out of bed, how they address pain and whether they reduce the need for hospitalizations. While CMS had already offered this data on its Home Health Compare website on Medicare.gov, it is adding the star ratings this year to help consumers more easily understand what the information means.
"I’m very proud of our strong showing in the new star rating system and applaud both my teams, as this score was a combined effort and would not have been possible without their hard work and dedication to our patients," said Michelle Hoskins, Home health Administrator of Kentucky Division. "I highly commend CMS for providing this important data to the public, so families have the information they need to make the right choices."
CMS has posted the home health star ratings on its website, and plans on updating quarterly thereafter.
*published in the Manchester Enterprise