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Adventist Home Health Named a 2013 HomeCare Elite Agency

Silver Spring, MD - Adventist Home Health has been named a 2013 HomeCare Elite agency, a compilation of the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified home health agencies in the United States. This is the fourth time and second consecutive year that Adventist Home Health was recognized.

In 2013, only 25 percent of qualifying home health agencies in the nation were recognized as elite. Adventist Home Health is the only agency in Montgomery County and one of only five agencies in the state of Maryland to achieve this recognition. HomeCare Elite winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality care outcomes, best practice implementation, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), and financial performance.

“We are honored to be recognized among the top performing home health agencies in the country and credit the commitment of our compassionate caregivers whose dedication has made it possible to continue bringing quality health care home to our community for more than 40 years,” said Keith Ballenger, vice president of Adventist Home Care Services, which oversees Adventist Home Health.

Adventist Home Health serves the Maryland suburban area including Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s, Howard and Anne Arundel counties. It is part of the Gaithersburg, Md.-based Adventist HealthCare system and has served the community for more than 40 years through a dedicated team of skilled nurses, therapists, nursing aides and social workers providing home health services tailored to each patient’s specific needs.

The 2013 HomeCare Elite 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 shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance payment models is reshaping the healthcare profession. And home health is proving to be an integral part of the continuum,” said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth. “In the face of value-based purchasing and care delivery model changes, the metrics that make up HomeCare Elite methodology shine an accountable light on an industry that may be the lynch pin to achieving affordable care at home.”

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

Adventist Home Health

Adventist Home Health has been serving the community since 1973 to help patients recover and function as independently as possible in their homes. Today, Adventist Home Health’s team of skilled nurses, therapists and social workers deliver comprehensive services with compassionate care to homes throughout Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel and Howard counties. Adventist Home Health’s services offer specialized care for a range of patients including adults, pediatrics and new mothers. Adventist Home Health is a member of Adventist HealthCare.

National Research Corporation

For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management. National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit www.nationalresearch.com.


For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.

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