The key quality measures below have been chosen by Federal and state agencies as measurements of high quality medical care and reflect what is privately reported to Brookings Health by independent research firm NRC Health and publicly reported on the Care Compare website.

Hospice Star Rating

Overall Hospice Star Rating (February 15, 2023)

Overall Patient Experience Rating

The table below shows the percentage of patients who rated us as being a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale in overall patient experience according to the NRC Health Database (approximately 186 hospice agencies nationwide). Higher percentages are better. Data from January 2022 - December, 2022.

Service Area Brookings Health System NRC Health Average
Hospice 82.1% 85.9%

Measures from Hospice Compare

The information below shows the quality of patient care from Brookings Health System's Hospice Agency compared to national averages. More information on Brookings Health System and other hospice agencies can be found on the Hospice Compare website. Data from October 1, 2019 - March, 2022 (excluding January 1-June 20, 2020).

Measure Brookings Health System National Average
Communication with family 84% 81%
Getting timely help 82% 77%
Treating patient with respect 95% 91%
Emotional and spiritual support 91% 90%
Help for pain and symptoms 75% 74%
Training family to care for patient 82% 76%
Rating of this hospice 81% 81%
Willing to recommend this hospice 88% 86%

The Hospice Item Set (HIS) Comprehensive Assessment Measure is a composite of 7 HIS care process measures. Specifically, this one measure shows if hospice staff completed all of the following when a patient was admitted to hospice care: 

  • Asked patients about their beliefs and values
  • Asked patients about their treatment preferences
  • Checked to see if patients were in pain
  • Thoroughly assessed patients who are in pain
  • Checked to see if patients had shortness of breath
  • Began treating patients with shortness of breath 
  • Offered care for constipation for patients taking opioids 

If a hospice didn't complete even one of these 7 care processes for a patient, the patient isn't included in the HIS Comprehensive Assessment Measure score. 

  • Each agency electronically reports data about these measures to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) using the Hospice Item Set (HIS)
  • The data was collected between 04/01/2021 and 09/30/2022
  • Higher percentages are better


Measure Brookings Health System National Average
Patients who got an assessment of all 7 HIS quality measures at the beginning of hospice care to meet the HIS Comprehensive Assessment Measure requirements. 89.2% 90.9%
Percentage of patients getting at least one visit from a registered nurse, or a medical social worker on at least 2 of the final 3 days of their life 72.3% 49.2%
Hospice Care Index score (0-10) 10 8.8