January 2nd, 2014

Great River Home Health has been named a Top Agency of the 2013 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home-health agencies in the United States. Now in its eighth year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. To be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,969 agencies considered, 2,496 are elite. Great River Home Health is one of only 32 agencies in Iowa to receive the elite designation.


The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line.


“The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home-health community. Their success is a tribute that managing health care data and using it for improvement initiatives lead to high quality care, and we recognize them for their outstanding achievements,” said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research Corporation.


Great River Home Health Director Chris Oleson credits the employees of Great River Home Health and the support of Great River Health Systems with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.


“We have a wonderful team of nurses, nurse aides, therapists, social workers and other professionals who are dedicated to each patient’s health and well-being. In addition, the support and resources of the team at Great River Health Systems’ further helps patients on their road to recovery,” Oleson said.


“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. The shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance payment models is reshaping health care, and home health is proving to be an integral part of the continuum. In the face of value-based purchasing and care-delivery model changes, the metrics that make up HomeCare Elite’s methodology shine an accountable light on an industry that may be the lynchpin to achieving affordable care at home,” said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.


The list of 2013 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at www.nationalresearch.com/homecareelite.