Providence Home Health rated among top in the U.S.

November 07, 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, Providence Home Health has been named a top home care provider in HomeCare Elite’s annual compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the U.S.

This annual review – the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry – ranks recipients by analyzing performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance. Agency performance in each of the three categories is compared with the performance of other organizations in its state and throughout the country.

“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 Providence on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

Providence is southern Oregon’s only provider of coordinated home health care. Through Providence Home Services, experts provide home health, palliative care, hospice and infusion services, along with a volunteer support service called Connections that provides an added layer of non-clinical assistance – all under one agency. Along with clinical care, Providence Home Services helps clients clarify health care goals, explore and navigate their options and communicate with doctors and family. 

“We are honored to be named in the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies for the fifth year in a row,” says Diane Kosmatka, physician and community liaison for Providence Home Services. “Providence Home Services strives to meet clients’ physical, spiritual and social needs. It’s about caring for the whole person, while adhering to each individual’s wishes. This award shows we are fulfilling our goal.”

Providence Home Health services are provided in the home, whether that is a private residence, an assisted living community, an adult care home, or a residential or intermediate care facility. Home health helps people who cannot easily leave home for therapy or medical appointments. They may need help to recover from a stroke, major injury, surgery or recent hospitalization or help to manage neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or dementia. Services provided include nursing care, chronic disease management, rehabilitation and medical social work. More information on Providence Home Services can be found at www.providence.org/homehealth.

“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 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.