Measuring and assuring the quality of home health care.
Shaughnessy, Peter W
Date of Pub
Arnold, Angela G; Crisler, Kathryn S; Hittle, David F; Kramer, Andrew M; Powell, Martha C; Schlenker, Robert E
The growth in home health care in the United States since 1970, and the exponential increase in the provision of Medicare-covered
home health services over the past 5 years, underscores the critical need to assess the effectiveness of home health care
in our society. This article presents conceptual and applied topics and approaches involved in assessing effectiveness through
measuring the outcomes of home health care. Definitions are provided for a number of terms that relate to quality of care,
outcome measures, risk adjustment, and quality assurance (QA) in home health care. The goal is to provide an overview of a
potential systemwide approach to outcome-based QA that has its basis in a partnership between the home health industry and
payers or regulators.
Data Collection : Evaluation Studies : Health Services Research : Health Status : Home Care Services/statistics & numerical
data/standards : Human : Medicare/statistics & numerical data/standards : Models, Theoretical : Outcome Assessment (Health
Care)/organization & administration/statistics & numerical data : Program Development : Quality Assurance, Health Care/organization
& administration/statistics & numerical data : Quality of Life : Research Design : Risk Assessment : Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
: Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S. : United States