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HHU makes list of top home health providers in US

Home Health United announced today that it has been named to the 2010 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its fifth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

"The 2010 HomeCare Elite winners continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level," said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate Home Health United on being one of the top home care agencies in the country. In addition, we salute all forward-thinking providers who are already working on measuring and improving their performance using OASIS-C outcomes and process measures and HH-CAHPS results. This important data will also be used in identifying the HomeCare Elite in the future."

There were 9,375 Medicare-certified home health agencies in the U.S. with sufficient data to be considered for the 2010 HomeCare Elite. Of the 2,347 agencies that were identified as the top 25 percent for the 2010 HomeCare Elite list, 1,503 are repeat agencies from 2009.

Lynne Willer, vice president of Home Health, credits outstanding staff and quality improvement measures with the company's ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite. "It has been a challenging time for home care and health care providers," Willer said. "Being recognized by HomeCare Elite, the gold standard for home care, is an honor and speaks to the level of commitment by our staff and our leadership to meet these challenges head on and with quality patient care as the outcome." "On the fifth anniversary of HomeCare Elite, DecisionHealth would like to congratulate all of the winners who have achieved excellent clinical and financial outcomes, especially during times of such drastic regulatory changes," added Marci Heydt, executive editor of DecisionHealth's Home Health Line.

The 2010 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2010 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of homecare’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of the 2010 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at www.ocshomecare.com.