by Bernadette C Robin, Director of Marketing and Business Development, VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has been named as a Top 100 and a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, 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 agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region has been recognized for ten out of the last 12 years.
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 the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region 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 100 home care agencies in the country.”
Ronald J. Cioffi, RN, and CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region credits the commitment of the staff and high standards of quality with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “I am so very proud of the work we do and this distinguished award honors the achievement of a very dedicated and engaged staff,” says Cioffi. “Healthcare today is being redefined, yet the VNA model of care of experience and expertise in the home setting has stayed especially relevant. This valued recognition of home-based health care is particularly meaningful as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.”
“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on the list of the top 100 HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. “The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies faced 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.