Home Care Provider Salus Homecare Utah Earns Top Healthcare Honors from The Joint Commission, State of Utah and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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Salus is the only home based service provider in Utah to have earned the top three benchmark awards including the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal accreditation for home health and non-medical services, licensure and certification from the state of Utah and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services respectively.

"It's really all about the consumer and the professional healthcare community," Executive Director of Salus Kim Trabing said. "Accreditation and certification really is evidence that Salus is approaching in-home care in the best way possible."

Salus Homecare, located in South Jordan, Utah, provides coordinated home-based services including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and medical social services combined with caregiving services earned highest honors from federal and state licensing and certification boards for home care and home healthcare as part of its continued steps toward excellence in patient care. Salus, which serves the Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Summit and Wasatch Counties, was awarded earlier this month the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in home care. The national accreditation joins the in-home care providers Utah’s state licensing accomplishments and Medicare certification, making Salus the only home-based service organization that provides home health and non-medical homecare services to have earned all three national and state distinctions.

The Joint Commission Gold Seal award recognizes Salus’ dedication to continuous compliance with the Joint Commission's standards of excellence. The Joint Commission's standards address an organization's performance in specific areas with specific requirements to ensure that patient care and services are provided in a safe and effective manner. Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program accredits more than 5,600 organizations.

"The addition of the Joint Commission accreditation positions Salus as a leader in Utah in terms of quality and excellence of care. The accreditation affirms the culture of excellence our customers have come to expect from our company," said Kim Trabing, Executive Director of Salus, "The award will position Salus as a key participant in an evolving healthcare delivery system that will emphasize quality services in Utah."

Salus previously earned Utah’s state licensure for home health providers, a state-run licensing program recognized and overseen by the Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Health Facility Licensing. The licensure is required by Utah law to for all health care and home care providers to hold a license and regularly inspect these facilities for compliance with state laws and regulations. The Bureau licenses over 700 health care providers and perform regular on-site inspections of Utah health care providers participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs to ensure compliance with federal health, treatment and safety standards.

The national certification process through Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services designates providers and suppliers of home health and home care are subject to Federal health care quality standards.

With all of the honors, Salus has uniquely positioned itself in the marketplace as a provider of excellence for patients.

"It's really all about the consumer and the professional healthcare community," Trabing said. "Accreditation and certification really is evidence that Salus is approaching in-home care in the best way possible."

With the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obama Care,” hospitals and healthcare professionals are looking to the home healthcare industry to help contribute to shorter recovery times for patients and lower hospital readmittance rates through improved continuity of care. This emphasis on providing nursing and caregiving services in the home ensures that recovery continues after the patient is released from the hospital. The Affordable Care Act includes options to help older Americans and individuals with disabilities stay in their homes, receive senior home care in the settings of their choosing, and retain control over their own decision-making.

With home recovery being less expensive and more desirable for the patient than hospital stays, Salus has sought to prove itself in the state of Utah and the home healthcare industry as a whole as the ideal choice for patients and doctors.

About Salus Homecare:

Salus Homecare is on the forefront of providing coordinated home-based services, which include 24-hour skilled nursing, pediatric services, senior home care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical social services combined with caregiving services. Salus provides a “one source” approach through its ONE CALL™ program by providing home-based services for patients recovering from hospital stays, the elderly in need of assistance at home and victims of catastrophic events that necessitate home care on a continuous basis. Salus Homecare was awarded the Gold Seal of Accreditation by the Joint Commission, the U.S. health care rating agency. For more information, visit http://www.salushomecare.com.

About The Joint Commission:

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at http://www.jointcommission.org.

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