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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Improvement in ambulation/locomotion.

Measure Source

Home Health Quality Initiative.

Tables

1.100 Percent of improvement in ambulation/locomotion for home health episodes, by state, 2002.

Data Source

Calculated by the Center for Health Services and Policy, Research, University of Colorado, from Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) data.

Denominator

All home health episodes that begin and end in 2002.

Numerator

Episodes in which a person’s ambulation or locomotion improved compared to a prior assessment.

Comments

The OASIS instrument measures ambulation or locomotion ability on a six level scale from 0 (full, independent ambulation) to 5 (bedfast). Episodes are not included for persons who are at the highest level and can not improve any more.

The reported results of this measure are risk adjusted. See Overview of Risk Adjustment and Outcome Measures for Home Health Agency OBQI Reports: Highlights of Current Approaches and Outline of Planned Enhancements and Documentation of Prediction Models Used for Risk Adjustment of Home Health Agency Outcomes Reported on the CMS Home Health Compare Web Site available at www.cms.hhs.gov for further information.

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