As the Malloy administration seeks to expand home health care options and reduce reliance on nursing homes, a new national report shows Connecticut ranking in the bottom-quarter of states on several key indicators of home health quality, including the percentage of home care patients who show improvement in mobility and who avoid hospitalizations.

Data compiled in the report by the Commonwealth Fund shows that the state’s three hospital referral regions—Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport—ranked 255th out of 306 regions in 2010-11 in the percentage of home health care patients whose ability to walk or move around improved. The state also was in the lowest quartile nationally for the percentage of home health patients whose wounds healed or improved after an operation.

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