Lincolnland Home Care Named as a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite

January 14, 2013 11:57 a.m.

Lincolnland Home Care of Sarah Bush Lincoln was recently named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems), quality improvement, and financial performance.

“The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, President and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare. “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends. We congratulate Lincolnland Home Care of Sarah Bush Lincoln on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

Kelley Hennigh, RN, Lincolnland Home Care manager, credits her exceptional team of dedicated home health clinicians whose ultimate goal is to provide exceptional quality of care to all of its patients in their home environments. The staff, including nurses, aides, therapists, and social workers, all work together to meet the patients physical, emotional, and spiritual needs to help them achieve their goals to better health and return to functional independence.

“Our caregivers take pride in their ability to provide exceptional care and feel it is their honored privilege to be a guest in people’s home. It makes me proud to work with such special people,” Hennigh said. The highly skilled staff provides infusions, wound care, new disease process teaching, rehabilitation exercises, and post-surgical care amongst many other duties. Lincolnland Home Care is built on the reputation of treating the patients with courtesy and respect, listening carefully to their patients, explaining things in a way they understand, teaching them, and keeping them informed of their care. It is why Lincolnland Home Care of Sarah Bush Lincoln has achieved recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite, Hennigh stated.

“HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue. Home health 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 clinical, patient experience, quality improvement, and financial outcomes,” Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth, said.

The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The 2012 HomeCare Elite is co-sponsored by National Research Corporation (also known as OCS HomeCare), the leading provider of cross-continuum healthcare metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, the publisher of the industry’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of 2012 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at www.nationalresearch.com.

Lincolnland Home Care of Sarah Bush Lincoln cares for people in fifteen counties in East Central Illinois; Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Crawford, Clay, Christian, Douglas, Effingham, Edgar, Fayette, Jasper, Moultrie, Piatt, Richland and Shelby. Caregivers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information about Lincolnland Home Care services, call 1-800-879-3212.

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