Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley Named to Top 100 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite


Centerbrook, CT, November 2, 2015 — Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley today announced that it has been named to the Top 100 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. 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 9,718 agencies considered, 2,431 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health and hospice metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent publication in the home care profession, Home Health Line.

“The 2015 HomeCare Elite winners deserve credit for demonstrating high-quality care in their communities. As quality care initiatives become top-of-mind for healthcare providers, we recognize this as a remarkable achievement and are pleased to make this our 10th year of acknowledgement for top performing home health organizations,” said Christine Lang, VP of Product Development for OCS HomeCare. ““We congratulate Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley on being one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country.”

Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. Executive Director, Susan Maxwell credits the high level of professionalism, the unwavering dedication and the compassionate care of her staff with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite Top 100 agencies. “Every effort is made to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our caregivers consistently provide the highest quality care to our patients. We take pride in our ability to see patients in a timely manner upon their return home,” said Ms. Maxwell.

“Happy 10th anniversary to the winners of the HomeCare Elite. As CMS ramps up its nationwide initiatives to reward home care agencies for the quality of care they provide, this is yet another way to acknowledge those agencies that have demonstrated their commitment to improving patient care at lower costs. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management leads to success,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.

The entire list of 2015 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the OCS HomeCare website

About Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley
Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, Inc. is a not-for-profit, Medicare and Medicaid certified home health care organization serving Essex, Chester, Deep River and twelve other towns in the Lower Valley and Shoreline regions. Please call (860) 767-0186 for service information.

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