by Kristin Rowan, Editor

Medicare Advantage has multiple measures of success for payment bumps and bonuses. Rehospitalization rates has long been the most important measure of how well a care at home agency is performing, but there are additional measures that can help or hurt your agency. One that is gaining a lot of traction with MA and can impact your agency’s ability to survive is the overall patient experience. Measuring the patient experience can be subjective, but a great marketing tool to use is the Net Promoter Score (NPS). NPS is a calculation of patient responses regarding their likelihood to recommend you to others. A NPS score of “0” means that, overall, your clients are not going to speak positively or negatively about you; there just isn’t anything outstanding enough to bother saying anything. Anything above zero is better than nothing, but 30 and above is ideal.

During January’s HomeCare 100 Winter Conference, Tim Craig moderated the panel, “The MA Member Experience and Why it Matters” with a panel of experts. He posed this question to the audience:

“How well do home care providers perform when it comes to delivering on patient experience?”

Rating care provider performance on a scale of 1-5, the responses during the panel were somewhat surprising

  • 47% of those who responded rated the delivery on patient experience 3
  • 43% said 4
  • 6% responded 2
  • A mere 4% responded 5
  • There were no responses of 1

If we turn these answers into a Net Promoter Score, we get -6. If caregivers, administrators, and providers don’t believe we’re doing a good job, how can we expect our clients, patients, and families to be happy with the care they receive?


  • Patient experience and complaint measures count higher toward star rating than they have before
  • CAHPS Scores have changed weight from 1.5 to 4 since 2021
  • Star Ratings Determine Bonus Eligibility and Amount – starts at 4 stars and above
  • Number of plans that have a 4.0 or higher star rating dropped from 64% to 43%
  • Disenrollment is on the rise from 10% in 2017 to 17% in 2021

Net Promoter Score

Glen Moller, CEO of Upward Health, whose net promoter score is a whopping 86, said:
“The Member Experience has always been important. What has changed is the way we manage it, given the implication of the CAHPS rating, you can’t be a 4 star without high CAHPS scores.” Moller improved his patient experience with internal surveys to get actionable intel and asking open-ended questions. Look at change and innovation and how that could be disruptive to members. Member experience is at the center of all the other measures. No matter what benefits you’re offering, embed member experience measures at every step of the process.

Because your star rating directly impacts your ability to receive bonuses and because experience-related metrics are increasingly weighted in determining star ratings, you should be looking at the member experience more closely in all of your process. You should also be measuring the member experience and looking at ways to improve it.

Ways to measure ME

• Quality of Patient Care Ratings
• Word of Mouth
• Net Promoter Score
• Glassdoor
• YelpCalculating a Net Promoter Score can be challenging, especially when trying to get older or infirmed patients to answer a survey. For the most accurate NPS, send a single question survey to all of your current and past customers asking them to rate, on a scale of 1 to 10, “How likely are you to recommend us to a friend or family member.” If you aren’t able to do this, you can still calculate a rough NPS using your other measures. You can use your Google and Yelp reviews with a simple formula: % of promoters – % of detractors = NPS. Three stars and below are detractors; four and five stars are promoters.The NPS score is more about comparative to the usual experience rather then the actual experience. A high score from a customer doesn’t necessarily meant it’s “great”, only that it’s much better than what they’re used to or what they expected.

The NPS is not the only measure of customer experience. To get the whole picture, use all the data you have to find out what interventions should be done and implement them. Whether the change is in training your staff, updating your scheduling process, using AI to help communicate directly with patients and families, or simply streamlining your website for a better user experience, you can improve your chances for higher ratings and bigger bonuses in a few easy steps.

I won’t often insert a shameless plug into an article, but if increasing patient satisfaction and member experience can help your agency survive the CMS pay cuts, and you need help with getting a NPS, understanding how to measure your patient experience, or getting online reviews, please contact me for more information. My marketing agency is happy to help get you started.

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Kristin Rowan

Kristin Rowan has been working at Healthcare at Home: The Rowan Report since 2008. She has a master’s degree in business administration and marketing and runs Girard Marketing Group, a multi-faceted boutique marketing firm specializing in event planning, sales, and marketing strategy. She has recently taken on the role of Editor of The Rowan Report and will add her voice to current Home Care topics as well as marketing tips for home care agencies. Connect with Kristin directly or

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