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How Often a Patient's Home Health Care Began in a Timely Manner

The rates displayed in this graph are for discharges April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018. Source:

  • *The U.S. average includes all reporting home health care agencies in the United States.
  • **The N.C. average includes all reporting home health care agencies in the State of North Carolina.

What Does This Score Mean?

The percentage of home health episodes of care (out of 100) in which care was either started or resumed on the date the physician ordered, or within two days of the referral date or inpatient discharge date, whichever was later.

What Are We Doing to Continue to Improve Our Quality?

To meet the national Home Health Medicare Condition of Participation, patients are to be admitted within 48 hours of referral, or within 48 hours of a patient's return home.

Our team makes every effort to admit patients within 24 hours of their referral.

Duke has many programs that continue to improve our quality. 

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