The 2011 HomeCare Elite Announced by OCS and DecisionHealth at Home Health Conference

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The HomeCare Elite highlights the top 25 percent of home health care agencies and has become the industry standard for recognizing organizational performance. The HomeCare Elite also recognizes the top 100 and top 500 home health providers nationwide.

The HomeCare Elite program continues to identify excellence and recognize home health care agencies that perform at the highest level

OCS and DecisionHealth® are pleased to announce the 2011 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top performing home health agencies in the United States. Both organizations previewed the list of winners at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this week. Now in its sixth year, the 2011 HomeCare Elite list is now available for complimentary download.

“The HomeCare Elite program continues to identify excellence and recognize home health care agencies that perform at the highest level,” said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS-My InnerView. “We congratulate the 2011 HomeCare Elite for their continued success and commitment to high quality of care and strong financial performance.”

The HomeCare Elite annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies nationwide and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. This year’s winners are ranked by an analysis of measures in quality of care, process measure implementation, and financial performance.

“The 2011 class of the HomeCare Elite have been able to provide quality care to patients while achieving positive financial outcomes, which is significant given the regulatory changes and challenges that home health agencies continue to face,” said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth. “The top 25 percent of agencies deserve this special recognition.”

There are some interesting data points worth noting about the HomeCare Elite. Exactly 9,724 Medicare-certified home health agencies in the U.S. had sufficient data to be considered for the 2011 HomeCare Elite. This represents an increase of 349 from 9,375 home care agencies that were eligible last year. Of the 2,434 agencies that were identified as the top 25 percent for the 2011 HomeCare Elite list, 1,379 are repeat agencies from 2010. Furthermore, 106 agencies in this year’s top 500 appeared in 2010. Plus, only 22 of this year’s top 100 returned from last year’s top 100.

The HomeCare Elite is pleased to welcome 607 first-time winners. In addition, 338 home health agencies have appeared on the HomeCare Elite list all six years. Plus, 30 agencies have appeared in the top 500 all five years.

OCS uses publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the CMS Cost Reports to create the HomeCare Elite list of agencies. Read the HomeCare Elite data methodology for details.

Winning home health agencies can write to 2011hce(at)ocsys.com to request their free HomeCare Elite certificate and exclusive access to a complimentary media kit that includes logos, press release templates, and a congratulatory letter from OCS and DecisionHealth.

About OCS and My InnerView
As a combined business unit of National Research Corporation, OCS and My InnerView empower clients and partners throughout the entire post-acute continuum of care, including hospice, home health, skilled nursing, assisted living, and more. The company offers market-leading survey solutions, predictive tools, data analytics, quality and outcomes reporting, financial insights, and the nation’s largest comparative databases. OCS and My InnerView partner with more than 12,000 post-acute providers.

For more information, please visit the OCS and My InnerView websites, write to info(at)ocsys.com or info(at)myinnerview.com, or call 888.325.3396 and 800.601.3884.

About DecisionHealth
For 30 years, DecisionHealth® has served as the industry's leading source for news, coding tools and resources and training materials found in reputable products such as Home Health Line, Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual. Their unique blend of award-winning staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives and industry experts enables us to provide solutions, tools and guidance that are relied on by nearly 100,000 home health care and specialty physician practice professionals. For more information, please visit http://www.decisionhealth.com or call 877.602.3835.

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