Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance.
All three Life Care at Home agencies in Tennessee — in Chattanooga, Cleveland and Ducktown — received this distinction.
Life Care at Home agencies in Arizona, Colorado and Massachusetts also earned this honor.
“The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community,” said Susan L. Henricks, president and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare. “Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high-quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, accountable care organizations and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum. Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends. We congratulate Life Care at Home on being recognized as a top home care agency.”
Chris Mitchell, CEO of Life Care Home Health, credits the agency’s staff commitment to quality patient care.
“Our dedicated caregivers put patients first and live the mission of helping families every day,” Mitchell said.
“HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue,” said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth. “Home health agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in clinical, patient experience, quality improvement and financial outcomes.”
The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The 2012 HomeCare Elite is co-sponsored by National Research Corporation (also known as OCS HomeCare), the leading provider of cross-continuum healthcare metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, the publisher of the industry’s most respected independent newsletter, “Home Health Line.” The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of 2012 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at nationalresearch.com.