MedStar VNA Named HomeCare Elite Top Agency

Two MedStar VNA Agencies Recognized In The Top 25 Percent Nationally

HomeCare-Elite-2014ELKRIDGE, MD (October 27, 2014) – MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) today announced that their Central Md. and D.C. agencies both have been named Top Agencies of the 2014 HomeCare EliteTM, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 were awarded an elite title.

“The 2014 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high-quality care in their home health communities, and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” said Mary Oakes, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute at National Research. “We  congratulateMedStar VNA on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

MedStar VNA President, Traci Anderson, credits the dedicated quality team members, clinical leaders, nurses and therapists with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “We are delighted to be honored for the fourth year in a row,” says Anderson. “Our team works extremely hard to deliver superior care to patients in Md., D.C. and northern Va., while also maintaining high standards, efficiency and cost-effectiveness – qualities that are especially important in this era of healthcare reform and regulatory changes.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health.

The HomeCare Elite award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line. The entire list of 2014 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded here.

About MedStar Visiting Nurse Association

MedStar VNA, a non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, in-home healthcare provider, offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation and infusion therapy for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. Personal assistance and hygiene care services are also available through their residential service agency. To support good health in the community, MedStar VNA offers vaccination and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar VNA, call 800-862-2166 or visit medstarvna.org.

About National Research Corporation

For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, complete their contact form or visit www.nationalresearch.com.

About DecisionHealth®

For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, 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.

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