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Community HomeHealth named to 2019 HomeCare Elite Top Agency list

Community HomeHealth named to 2019 HomeCare Elite Top Agency list

Community HealthCare System’s home health care department has been named a Top Agency of the HomeCare Elite for the 12th year straight.

The ranking is a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States and was developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, part of the H3.Group. Out of 8,818 agencies considered, 2,207 are recognized on the 2019 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

“We’re pleased to recognize Community HomeHealth for exemplifying best practice in patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “Community HealthCare System home health professionals have demonstrated exceptional commitment to care quality and the patient experience.”

Roz Lewis, director of ancillary services at Community HealthCare System, or CHCS, said the staff’s dedication to delivering personal care and going the extra mile for patients has helped achieve the HomeCare Elite recognition for so many years. "The point of home health care is to keep people out of the hospital or emergency room. We tell patients to call our nurses if they need something and it’s not an emergency, and they know we are there for them," Lewis said.

Lewis said she often hears stories of nurses’ extraordinary efforts to help patients. “You never know what difference you are making, even when it seems like you are doing an everyday thing,” Lewis said. Community HomeHealth is also celebrating a zero-deficiency-survey, meaning an outside state surveyor found nothing to correct. “The surveyor was very impressed from the start and could tell we had great relationships with patients even in difficult circumstances,” Lewis said.

Community HomeHealth provides service in Pottawatomie, Nemaha, Jackson, Marshall, and Wabaunsee counties.

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.

“Congratulations to Community HomeHealth from all of the staff at DecisionHealth,” said Marci Geipe, product manager for Decision Health. “Your leadership and staff have placed a premium on the patient care your agency provides as showcased by your quality outcome scores. The entire community benefits from the compassion that your staff shows toward your patients, leading to cost savings for the entire healthcare system.”

The entire list of 2019 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About CHCS

CHCS’s more than 450 associates along with 22 physicians and practitioners serve seven communities in four northeast Kansas counties. CHCS is an award-winning, nonprofit health care system with a tradition of providing compassionate, high-quality care to the rural communities of northeast Kansas.

CHCS includes two hospitals, one in Onaga and the other in St. Marys; seven family practice clinics serving the communities of Corning, Centralia, Frankfort, Onaga, Holton, Westmoreland and St. Marys; two nursing homes and one assisted living facility, Home Health; and four fitness centers.

About ABILITY Network

ABILITY Network, an Inovalon Company, is a leading cloud-based, SaaS information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. The combination of myABILITY and the Inovalon ONE® Platform creates a vertically integrated cloud-based platform empowering the achievement of real-time value-based care from payers, manufacturers and diagnostics, all the way to the patient’s point of care. For more information, visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to [email protected] For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to [email protected] or visit http://www.abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About H3.Group

In March 2017, Simplify Compliance LLC announced the merger of DecisionHealth, LLC with existing brands HCPro and HealthLeaders Media, to form the H3.Group! H3.Group, with its three pillars of thought leadership, expertise, and application, provides critical insight, analysis, tools and training to healthcare organizations nationwide empowering today’s healthcare professionals with solution-focused information and intelligence to guide their organizations’ efforts in achieving compliance, financial performance, leadership, and organizational excellence. The creation of the H3.Group comes as healthcare faces an unprecedented period of transition that brings uncertainty and opportunity. As policies and regulations are revisited and payment models changed, the need for clarity, actionable guidance and expert training for all provider settings and functional areas will increase dramatically.

About DecisionHealth

For over 30 years, DecisionHealth, an H3.Group brand, has served as the industry’s leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance with brand names such as Home Health Line and Part B News. Our unique blend of award-winning on-staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives, providers and their administrative staffs results in business management advice and operationally focused editorial that has captured the attention of nearly 100,000 home health care professionals and specialty physician practices.

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