VNS of Connecticut A 2011 HomeCare Elite Agency
BRIDGEPORT-Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut today announced that it has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite™
a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its sixth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the
top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance
measures in quality outcomes, process of care measures, and financial performance. Only one-fifth of Connecticut's home care providers received
the 2011 designation.
"It is increasingly challenging to manage the cost/quality equation. The 2011 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing
patients with the best possible care while managing their business efficiently and effectively," said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS and My InnerView.
"This year, we updated our methodology to reflect industry focus and, based on this rigorous analysis, we congratulate VNS of Connecticut on being one
of the top home care agencies in the country."
VNS of Connecticut President William F. Sullivan, Jr., credits a strong commitment to excellence by staff and volunteers at every level of
the nonprofit organization for the agency's ability to rank as one of the nation's HomeCare Elite. He said, "We are very proud of our agency's 100 year
legacy of providing the finest in home health care services for our patients. Never has that commitment been stronger than it is today."
"This designation is actually a reaffirmation of our work, as we were a proud member of the nation's Home Care Elite in 2010," he added.
"The HomeCare Elite designation continues to gain significance given the regulatory changes and challenges that agencies face. Agencies that
have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in both clinical
and financial outcomes," said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group, DecisionHealth.
The 2011 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2011 HomeCare Elite is brought to the
industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the industry's most respected independent newsletter
Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information.
The entire list of the 2011 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at www.ocshomecare.com.
About OCS and My InnerView
As a combined business unit of National Research Corporation, OCS and My InnerView empower clients and partners throughout the entire post-acute continuum of care,
including home health, hospice, skilled nursing, assisted living, and more. The company offers market-leading survey solutions, predictive tools, data analytics,
quality and outcomes reporting, financial insights, and the nation's largest comparative databases. OCS and My InnerView partner with more than 12,000 post-acute
providers. For more information, please visit the OCS and My InnerView
websites or call 888.325.3396 and 800.601.3884.
For 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the industry's leading source for news, coding tools and resources and training materials found in reputable products
such as Home Health Line, Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual. Our unique blend of award-winning
staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives and industry experts enables us to provide solutions, tools and guidance that are relied on by
nearly 100,000 home health care and specialty physician practice professionals. For more information, please visit www.decisionhealth.com
or call 877.602.3835.
Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut is one of the state's largest non-profit home
health care organizations, serving residents of 54 cities and towns in Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield Counties.
VNS provides a comprehensive range of services including skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy,
speech therapy, medical social work and home health aide assistance. VNS Specialty Services include Hi-Tech Home IV
Therapy, Wound Care, Psychiatric Nursing, Pain Management, Palliative Care, Nutritional Counseling, Elder Care Planning.
The VNS Hospice at Home Program™ provides comprehensive home care for terminally ill patients and their families.
VNS affiliate, Partners in Care, offers live-in and sleep-in home health aide services as well as the VoiceCare personal
emergency response system. For more information, visit our website at www.vnsct.org.