St. Bernards Home Health has been named to the top 100 of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of 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 the top 500 agencies overall. Recognition is based on rankings determined by analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience, 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,” says Susan L. Henricks, president and chief operating officer of National Research Corp., the parent company of OCS HomeCare.
“Their success offers data-driven proof of being well managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, accountable care organizations and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum. Again, this year,” Henricks continues, ”we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends.
“We congratulateSt. Bernards Home Healthon being one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country.”
“This recognition demonstrates the continued commitment of our Home Health team and their desire to provide the highest level of quality care and customer service to patients we serve,” says Kevin Hodges, vice president for senior services at St. Bernards. “We appreciate the validation of our efforts through this national ranking.”
“HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue,” says Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth. “Home health agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but also continue to excel in clinical, patient experience, quality improvement and financial outcomes.”
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 Corp. (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. 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 Corp. website at www.nationalresearch.com.
The St. Bernards Home Health program is designed to maintain or restore health to the highest degree possible, increasing each patient’s level of independence, while reducing the effects of disability or illness. Home health care can help shorten the length of a hospital stay, reduce hospitalization, provide an affordable alternative to nursing home or other institutional care and give a more personal quality of patient care through individual attention in the comfort of the home setting.
Any patient is eligible for home health services if he is under the care of a physician and needs care in his residence or other appropriate setting. Services include skilled nursing, personal care tech, medical social services, telemonitoring and physical, occupational and speech therapies.
All age groups – from newborn to senior patients – living within a 50-mile radius of St. Bernards in Craighead, Lawrence and Poinsett counties and in portions of Randolph, Clay, Mississippi, Jackson and Greene counties – can be served by St. Bernards Home Health.
Additional information on St. Bernards Home Health can be obtained by calling 870-207-7400 or toll free 855-207-7400.