New study confirms stronger performance by Joint Commission-accredited home care organizations
A replication study published in 2022 has validated the results a previous study that suggested Joint Commission-accredited home care organizations demonstrate superior performance when compared to their peers that are not accredited by The Joint Commission. This result remained consistent across a broad range of process and outcome measures in each of the three years of the study.
Researchers compared the performance of Joint Commission-accredited and non-Joint Commission accredited home health agencies utilizing the publicly available Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health Compare data set. They found:
- Stronger overall performance, as Joint Commission-accredited home care organizations were more likely to have a high overall quality rating (4-Star and above) and had a higher average rating on the CMS 5-Star rating scale.
- Higher quality, as Joint Commission-accredited home care organizations performed better on 11 of 14 Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) Home Health Care (HHC) measures.
- Better outcomes, as Joint Commission-accredited home care organizations had lower rehospitalization rates across all three years and were less likely to have unplanned care in the emergency room without being admitted.
Read the study.