MHA, ONL & Home Care Alliance Post Latest Quality Measures

MHA, the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, CT & VT, and the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts have posted the latest available national quality performance measures for both hospitals and home healthcare agencies in Massachusetts. Data from Medicare’s Hospital Compare and Home Health Compare are now available on the PatientCareLink website for 58 Bay State acute care hospitals (66 total hospital campuses) and 97 Bay State home health agencies.

This quarter’s reported CMS measures for hospitals include the annual update of mortality and readmission data from July 1, 2013, through the second quarter of 2016, in addition to the usual quarterly reported timely and effective care measures for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, blood clot prevention and treatment, and pneumonia. For home care agencies, the reported measures include timely initiation of care, patient/family medication education, depression assessment, and more. In addition, PatientCareLink collects and publicly provides data on pressure ulcers, falls, and falls with injury for 74 hospitals in the state.

Massachusetts was the first state to voluntarily make hospital staffing and nursing-sensitive quality information public starting in 2006. Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts joined the PCL quality and patient safety transparency effort in 2013.