The National Quality Forum has endorsed 20 new measures for monitoring home healthcare, more than doubling the number it had endorsed in the past.
A news release from the forum says more than 7 million Americans receive some type of home care after release from the hospital for an acute event, with total expenditures for home healthcare topping $57 billion in 2007. Yet the CMS Home Health Compare online tool evaluates the quality of that care using only 15 measures.
The forum has endorsed 20 additional evaluation measurements, focusing on eight areas: timeliness; patient and caregiver education; preventive services; pain intervention; improvement and assessment of symptoms; improvement of functional status; assessment of need for emergency care; and patient experience of care.
The endorsements are in line with the goals set by the National Priorities Partnership, a group of 28 organizations convened by the forum to give recommendations on transforming healthcare. Work on the forums endorsements was conducted under a contract from the CMS.