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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Improvement in management of oral medications

Measure Source

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Home Health Quality Initiative.


1.121 Percent of improvement in management of oral medications for home health episodes, by State, 2002 and 2004.

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 the survey year.


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 3-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 cannot improve any more.

Excludes injectable and IV medications.

Risk-adjusted rates are available for State estimates only. Particulars about risk adjustment and further information about this and other measures of the Home Health Quality Initiative are available at

Improvement in bathing. Improvement in upper body dressing.


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