New home health quality standards will trigger operational changes.Healthc Financ Manage. 1988 Dec; 42(12):44, 46, 48 passim.HF
As national spending for home health services increases, concern for the quality and the effectiveness of these services grows. Provisions in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, which revised Medicare's conditions of participation for home health agencies, and recently adopted standards by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations establish new quality assurance requirements. Home health agencies will need to consider implementing operational changes and other strategies to meet these new standards of quality. Information generated by the new quality assurance activities may be used to establish future Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates.