What is the significance of published ratings for home health care agencies?
There are almost 10,000 Medicare Approved home health care agencies in the United States (plus an estimated 25,000 additional entities including Medicare Certified hospices and non-Medicare agencies providing some form of care in the home). The performance of these 10,000 agencies – based on patient and agency reports – is published regularly by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in their on line Home Health Compare system. ANS earned a 4 (out of 5) star rating for Quality of Patient Care for the period January 1 – December 31, 2017, compared to the Massachusetts average rating of 3 stars and the National average rating of 3.5 stars.
Detailed patient survey results data published by CMS also show ANS Patient Satisfaction levels consistently exceeding Massachsuetts and National average performance levels for the most recent reporting period, April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018.
Another organization - ABILITY Network/ Decision Health - publishes an annual compilation of the most successful home care providers in the United States based on CMS data combined with additional information. Acton Nursing Services has been recognized as being among the Home Care Elite for 2018 – the top 25 percent of agencies in home health performance. ANS also held this distinction in 2009 and 2011-2015.

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1. What home health care services does Acton Nursing Services provide?
2. What services doesn't ANS provide?
3. What is the significance of being “Medicare Certified”?
4. What is the significance of published ratings for home health care agencies?
5. Who or what is FANS?
6. How do ANS patients rate the performance of ANS?
7. How is ANS funded? Does ANS accept charitable donations?