ELKRIDGE (November 10, 2017) – MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) announced that their District of Columbia Agency has been named a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. This is the seventh time the agency has been named on the list.
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 and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.
“The team at MedStar VNA’s District of Columbia Agency has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top home care agencies in the country.”
MedStar VNA President, Traci Anderson, credits the dedicated quality team members, therapists, nurses, and clinical leaders with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “Our home healthcare team members work hard to give patients the highest quality of care and service possible with a strong focus on patient safety. Recognition on the HomeCare Elite list is a testament to their clinical expertise, diligence and dedication to our patients," said Anderson.
“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. MedStar VNA and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes while maintaining solid profit margins, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies face increased regulatory burdens each year.”
HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,064 agencies considered, 2,268 are recognized on the 2017 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.
The entire list of 2017 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website.
About MedStar Visiting Nurse Association
MedStar VNA, a non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, in-home healthcare provider, offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. 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 www.medstarvna.org.
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 [email protected]. For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to [email protected] or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.
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