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Home Care Alliance to Lead State in National Quality Campaign


Organization Will Head Local Efforts for National Home Health Quality Improvement.

Boston, MA, December 10, 2009 --(PR.com)-- With federal and local health reform efforts focused on improving quality and cutting costs, The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts will be the state leader in a new national campaign to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and improve management of oral medications though home health care.

“We are very proud to be the coordinating entity in this state to further improve the already cost-efficient and meaningful care delivered by home health agencies,” said Home Care Alliance Executive Director Patricia Kelleher.

Performed in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a new and improved Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign will launch January 13, 2010. As a HHQI Local Area Network of Excellence (LANE), the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts is the central hub of campaign activity in the state. CMS administers the Medicare program.

In 2007 and 2008, more than 5,500 home health agencies enrolled in the first HHQI National Campaign. Together they learned, shared best practices, and improved the care provided to their patients.

The goal of the HHQI Campaign is to improve the quality of care home health patients receive as measured by a reduction of avoidable hospitalizations and improvement in the management of oral medications. Throughout the campaign, a variety of materials as well as online communication and sharing tools will be available to Campaign participants. These include new Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs), which will be released quarterly to share effective strategies with home health care providers. Campaign participants will also be able to set improvement targets and view rates related to the publicly reported acute care hospitalization and oral medication measures through a free target-setting tool at the Home Health STAR (Setting Targets Achieving Results) Web site, available January 2010.

Each LANE, including the Home Care Alliance, will be responsible for agency recruitment in Massachusetts and the dissemination of information and materials from the national campaign. For more information on the campaign, visit www.homehealthquality.org/.

About the Home Care Alliance:
With a mission to unite people and organizations to advance community health through care and services in the home, the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts is a non-profit trade association and advocacy group providing representation, education, communication, advocacy and – ultimately – a voice for the state’s home health industry. Founded in 1969, the Alliance is celebrating its 40th year in existence. To find out more, visit www.thinkhomecare.org.

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Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
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617-482-8830
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