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Winthrop-University Hospital’s Home Health Agency Named to the Top 500 of the 2012 HomeCare Elite - Archived
November 12, 2012

Winthrop-University Hospital’s Home Health Agency has been named to the Top 500 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 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 CAHPS), 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 Winthrop on having one of the top 500 home care agencies in the country.”

“It is through our staff’s clinical expertise and team approach to patient care that Winthrop’s Home Health Agency consistently provides this recognized level of excellence. This award is a testament to our outstanding staff and the patient-centered care for which Winthrop home care is known,” said Anne Calvo, RN, BSN, MPS, Assistant Vice President – Home Health Agency at Winthrop.

“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,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

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

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 and post-partum care for new mothers to chemotherapy for cancer patients, 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 and OCS HomeCare

OCS HomeCare is a product of National Research Corporation. For more than 30 years, National Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCI) 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.

Currently 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.

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About DecisionHealth®

For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the leading source for home health news, coding tools and resources, and training materials found in reputable products such as Home Health Line. Our unique blend of award-winning staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives and industry experts enables DecisionHealth 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 or call 877-602-3835.

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