Home health agencies are in a position to respond to patient and healthcare system needs by implementing strategies targeted at reducing avoidable hospitalizations. Many different interventions exist that home care agencies can use in achieving the national goal to reduce avoidable acute care hospitalizations. This article provides an overview of the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign and the efforts directed toward this initiative. This overview explains the 4 best practices explored in depth by the campaign participants.
Eve Esslinger, BSN, MS, is Interim Director of Home Health Projects, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA.
Misty Kevech, RN, BS Ed, MS, COS-C, is Training-Communication Manager, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA.
Donna Anderson, PhD, RN, is Project Coordinator and Subject Matter Expert, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA.
Bethany Knowles, BS, is Communications Specialist, Charleston, WV.
Address correspondence to: Eve Esslinger, BSN, MS, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania, 2601 Market Place St., Suite 320, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
The analyses upon which this publication is based were performed under Contract Number (HHSM-500-2005-PA 001C), funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. The author assumes full responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the ideas presented. Publication number: 8SOW-PA-HHQ08.769 App. 4/08