via the National Association for Home Care and Hospice
To determine the caliber of a Medicare-certified provider, you can
review its Medicare Survey Report. For assistance in obtaining this
document, contact your state's health department or health insurance
counseling program (CT's contact info here), which offers free information specifically about the
Medicare home health benefit. These offices also can direct you to the
state's Medicare hot line for information about the quality of services
provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies and hospices in your
In addition, many states require home care providers to earn a license
to operate. To obtain a license, a provider must meet the basic legal
and operating standards imposed by the state department of health. Your
state health department can provide you with information on its licensed
Last, several professional organizations have established standards to
define quality in home care services. Through a voluntary process, many
home care providers seek accreditation from these organizations to
signify that they have met national standards for quality care. Home
care accrediting agencies include the Accreditation Commission for Health
Care, Inc., the Community Health Accreditation Program, the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the National
Committee for Quality Assurance.
Consider contacting one or more of these organizations for information
about their accredited members.
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