Friday, January 29, 2016 CMS Announces Addition of Patient Opinions to Home Health Compare Website The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added patient perspectives to yet another of its star rating systems—this time, for home health agencies. The newly added ratings summarize patient responses to how often the home health team gave care "in a professional way"; how well the team communicated with patients; whether the team discussed medicines, pain, and home safety with patients; how patients rate "the overall care" from the agency; and whether patients would recommend the agency to friends and family. According to CMS, about 6,000 of the 11,000 agencies listed on the Home Health Compare site now include patient care experience ratings. According to a CMS news release, the home health addition continues a Department of Health and Human Services effort "to build a health care system that delivers better care, spends health care dollars wisely, and results in healthier people." In addition to the home health site, CMS offers consumer-focused comparison information for nursing homes, physicians, dialysis facilities, and hospitals.