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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Improvement in upper body dressing

Measure Source

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


1.120 Percent of improvement in upper body dressing for home health episodes, by State, 2002 and 2004.

Data Source

CMS, Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS).


All home health episodes that begin and end in the survey year.


Episodes in which a person's ability to dress his or her upper body improved compared to a prior assessment.


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

The OASIS instrument measures upper body dressing ability on a 4-level scale from 0 (fully independent) to 3 (entirely dependent). Episodes are not included for persons who are at the highest level and cannot improve any more.

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 management of oral medications. Chronic care: Percent of residents whose need for help with daily activities has increased.


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