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RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall is the public information director of the Henry/Stark Health Departments.
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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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