The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the following statement on January 6th.
The Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports are now available in the CASPER folders. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in April 2016. The deadline to submit a request to have the star rating data suppressed is Jan. 25, 2016. Please follow the directions laid out in the Preview Reports to submit a suppression request.
The October refresh of the Home Health Compare website will occur on Jan. 28. The data presented on HHC in October will match those presented in the preview reports that were uploaded to CASPER in October.
Any questions about these reports can be directed to HomeHealthQualityQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.
As previously stated by CMS, home health agencies are provided with the opportunity to preview their Home Health Compare Star Ratings before they are made available to the public each quarter. Agencies have the ability to submit evidence if they believe that the data used to calculate their measures is either inaccurate or incomplete.