About the Blueprint

The Blueprint for Excellence is organized by core competencies required of home-based care organizations. First, home based care organizations must build a quality program capable of delivering high quality care; then, agencies develop universal interventions for care considerations common to all patients; then, home care and hospice organizations address the specific clinical needs of patients. The Blueprint is organized according to these pillars of capability. The "Public Reporting" section addresses measurement of performance and reporting in Home Health and Hospice Compare and Star Ratings.

What's Inside the Blueprint

Building A High Performing Agency: 

Programs and processes every agency should have in place to support achievement of the Quadruple Aim and high ratings on HomeHealthCompare, Star Ratings, and other metrics
Quality Improvement Program
Staff and Team Training
Managing Patient Experience
Use Data Strategically
Develop Community Partnerships
Demonstrate and Communicate Value
Create the Workforce of the Future

Interventions for All Patients:

Clinical and risk assessment interventions that every patient should have, to ensure a good experience, improve engagement, and improve outcomes
Initiate Safe Care
Reconcile Medications
Prevent Readmissions / Plan Discharge to Community
Maximize Function
Control Pain
Engage Patients and Families

Clinical Condition Management

Specific interventions by home-based care to maximize good outcomes, patient engagement, and value in home health care 
Heart Failure
Depression Screening
Joint Replacement
Preventing Pressure Ulcers
Hospice Best Practices
Hospice Care Initiation
Hospice Treatment Preferences and Beliefs
Hospice Symptom Management
Palliative Care Program Development


Resources, References, Training, Tools

Public Reporting

Partner with referring clinicians and hospitals to develop programs and strategies to improve health outcomes and patient experience, and to help them meet accountability goals.  
By effectively engaging patients and caregivers as partners in care, home-based care organizations improve experience, activation, and ultimately, outcomes.
    Educate payers on opportunity to improve outcomes by more effectively caring for people in their homes. Drive smarter spending by preventing admissions and avoidable ED use.
    Support clinicians and staff to practice in teams and at the top of their licenses, train for excellence, and recognize achievement.

Signature Events

LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo
  • October 27-30, 2019
  • San Diego, CA

Virtual Events

Creating a “Best Places to Work” Organization
  • March 26 | 12:00 p.m. ET
All Member Call Global Issues in Medication Management: Implications for Home Health Nurses
  • March 28 | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Hosted in Partnership with the International Home Care Nurses Organization

Partner Events

Using the 2018 ACC-AHA Multi-Society Guidelines to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke

  • March 22 | 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Hosted by TMF Quality Innovation Network
Patient-Driven Payment Model, Quality and Value: How to Succeed in 2019 and Beyond
  • March 22 | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Hosted by Great Plains Quality Innovation Network
QPP Power Hour: Opioid Measures
  • March 26 | 1:00 p.m. ET
  • Hosted by Great Plains QIN