Training for the CDC’s World Health Organization Growth Chart is Now Available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created an online training course for health care providers and others who measure and assess growth of infants and young children. The course is using the World Health Organization (WHO) Growth Charts to Assess Growth with Children less than 2 Years of Age in the U.S.  The recommendation for children less than 2 years of age is based in part on the recognition that breastfeeding is the recommended standard for infant feeding.  In the WHO charts, the growth of the healthy breastfed infant is intended to be the standard against which the growth of all other infants is compared. This online training takes 45 minutes to complete; there are self-assessment questions in each section.

The World Health Organization released a new international growth standard for infants and young children ages birth to 5 years of age. The standard shows how infants and children should grow.  The CDC now recommends that health care providers use:

  •    The WHO growth standard charts  for children aged birth to less than two years regardless of type of feeding, to monitor growth in the U.S.
  •    The CDC growth reference charts  for children aged two to twenty years to monitor growth in the U.S.

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HHCAHPS to be Posted on Home Health Compare Tomorrow

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to begin publicly reporting results from the Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) Survey on April 19, 2012. HHCAHPS Survey results will be reported for a Medicare-certified home health agency based on 12 months worth of HHCAHPS Survey data. These customer survey results will be posted on Home Health Compare.

The survey results will be refreshed each calendar quarter, with data from the oldest quarter being replaced by data from the most recent quarter of the HHCAHPS Survey.

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