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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Improvement in management of oral medications.

Measure Source

Home Health Quality Initiative.


1.96 Percent of improvement in management of oral medications 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.


All home health episodes that begin and end in 2002.


Episodes in which a person showed improvement in their ability to manage oral medications compared to a prior assessment.


The OASIS instrument measures management of oral medications on a three level scale from 0 (fully independent) to 2 (entirely dependent) and refers to ability, not medication compliance. Episodes are not included for persons who are at the highest level and can not improve any more.

Excludes injectable and IV medications.

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 for further information.

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