Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Database offers comparisons of home health care agencies.(Final)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

New Mexicans looking for home health care services now have an added tool to help them choose an agency, thanks to the federal government.

New Mexico is one of eight states included in a pilot project that lists comparisons of home health care agencies on the Web site www.medicare.gov operated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

You also can get the information by calling (800) MEDICARE (633-4227).

"This will be a database that can provide me and other physicians with objective data to help family members make a selection. Now, we're dependent on more subjective data," said Dr. Anne Simpson, assistant professor of medicine at the University of New Mexico. …

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