The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, with offices in Rutland, Bennington and Dorset, announced today that it has been named to the Top 100 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.
“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region and its locations in Rutland, Bennington and Dorset on being one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country.”
Ronald J. Cioffi, RN and CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region credits the hard work of the staff and high standards of quality with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “I am so very proud of the work we do and this distinguished award honors the achievement of a very committed and engaged staff,” says Cioffi. “Our dedication to providing quality, compassionate care not only positively impacts our patients, but also contributes to the health and wellness of our communities.”
“We are proud to recognize the top 100 HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.
Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.
The entire list of 2016 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.
About the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region
The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) , is a non-profit, Medicare-certified home health and hospice agency delivering a wide-range of advanced medical care with compassion, dependability and expertise to people of all ages who need home and community health services. With locations in Bennington, Dorset and Rutland, VNAHSR is one of the largest in-home care providers in Southern Vermont. VNAHSR has over 350 expert health professionals and caregivers committed to providing exceptional care to patients, their caregivers and families and strengthening relationships with referring physicians throughout Rutland and Bennington Counties.
With a national reputation for quality care, VNAHSR is the first and only agency in Vermont to achieve a 4.5 star rating out of five for Quality of Patient Care from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is a recognized as one of the nation’s 100 top-performing home health agencies, by HomeCare Elite, a market-leading review that identifies the top 25 percent of all Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the nation’s top 100 and top 500 agencies.
About ABILITY Network
ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability, regulatory compliance and quality patient care. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C2 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.