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Winthrop-University Hospital Named to Top 100 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite - Archived
December 4, 2013

Top 100 of the 2013 HomeCare EliteWinthrop-University Hospital has been named to the Top 100 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its eighth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. This is the first year that Winthrop has been named to the Top 100 list, having been recognized as a top 500 agency for the past several years. 

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,969 agencies considered, 2,496 are elite. 

The 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 care profession, Home Health Line. 

“The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. 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,” said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research. “We congratulate Winthrop on being one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country.” 

“It is through our staff’s clinical expertise, team approach to patient care, and dedication to continuous improvement that Winthrop’s Home Health Agency not only continues to receive recognition, but also that we have moved higher in the rankings as a Top 100 Agency,” said Anne Calvo, RN, BSN, MPS, Assistant Vice President – Home Health Agency at Winthrop. “This is truly an impressive accomplishment that speaks to our outstanding staff and the patient-centered care for which Winthrop home care is known.” 

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. 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. 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,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth. 
The entire list of 2013 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at 

About Winthrop’s Home Health Agency 
Winthrop’s Home Health Agency offers a seamless continuum of post-hospital care, aimed at allowing patients to maintain independence and quality of life at home while recuperating or managing an illness. With a staff of 200, Winthrop’s Home Health Agency logs more than 100,000 home visits annually and provides in-home care including nursing, social and therapeutic rehabilitative services for patients ranging from newborn to geriatric. From physical therapy following joint replacement to post-partum care for new mothers, Winthrop’s Home Health Agency can meet the vast majority of patients’ needs at home. With preventing rehospitilization as one of the Agency’s goals, the staff spends a great deal of time educating patients about self care, disease prevention, nutrition and medication management in order to slow disease progression and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. The agency also offers a home telemonitoring program – a remote monitoring program that enables patients to take an active role in their care under the daily supervision of a skilled team of clinicians. For more information, call 1-866-WINTHROP. 

About 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, or visit

About DecisionHealth®
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



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