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By RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall
Jan. 9, 2013 10 a.m.

The Home Health Division of the Henry and Stark County Health
Departments announced that it has been named to the Top 100 of the 2012
HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in
the United States. Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies
the top 25 percent of 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.
"The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing
patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community.
Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high
quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and
other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum," said
Susan L. Henricks, President and COO of National Research Corporation, the
parent company of OCS HomeCare. "Again, this year, we updated our
methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare
landscape and national value-based purchasing trends. We congratulate Henry
and Stark County Health Department on being one of the top 100 home care
agencies in the country."
Pam Bennett, RN Health Department Director of Home Health Services,
states "I credit our staff and their dedication to quality patient care and
health outcomes. In addition, our home health staff has made a goal of
always keeping up-to-date on the latest trends and innovations in Home
Health Care. This continues to result in better home health services being
offered to our area patients."
Bennett adds, "We are so gratified that our hard work has paid off in
our ability to achieve recognition as one of the Top 100 HomeCare Elite.
We get so much personal satisfaction from the work we do each and every day.
However, when an independent and nationally recognized organization tells us
that we are doing a great and 'industry-wide' superior job; it like a
wonderful pat on the back for our entire home health staff."
"HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the
increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement
revenue. 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," said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for
the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.
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 www.nationalresearch.com.

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