VNA HealthCare recognized nationally

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WATERBURY — For the second consecutive year, local home health and hospice care agency VNA HealthCare has been named to the 2010 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its fifth year, the HomeCare Elite winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

“The 2010 HomeCare Elite winners continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level,” said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. “We congratulate VNA HealthCare on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

VNA HealthCare President and CEO Ellen D. Rothberg, credits the agency’s focus on providing high-quality, innovative care with the agency’s ranking among the HomeCare Elite. Rothberg said, “This honor is truly a direct reflection upon VNA HealthCare’s commitment to excellence. Leadership in home health and hospice care is driven by outcomes. We strive to be a center of excellence and provide increasing value to users of home care.”

“On the fifth anniversary of HomeCare Elite, DecisionHealth would like to congratulate all of the winners who have achieved excellent clinical and financial outcomes, especially during times of such drastic regulatory changes,” added Marci Heydt, executive director of DecisionHealth’s Home Health Line.

The 2010 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2010 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of homecare’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis was compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of the 2010 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS Web site at www.ocshomecare.com.

Trusted by Connecticut families and physicians for 109 years, VNA HealthCare’s quality in-home nursing care, hospice and independent living services brings the best care home to more than 14,000 Greater Hartford and Greater Waterbury residents every year. A not-for-profit, Medicare-certified and CHAP-accredited home care agency, VNA HealthCare is a member of Hartford Healthcare Corporation and a Caring Partner with Saint Mary’s Hospital. For more information about VNA HealthCare, please visit www.vnahealthcare.org.

As the industry leader in benchmarking, reporting and analytics, OCS HomeCare empowers home health and hospice organizations with results-driven data intelligence, plus the largest and most accurate comparative database. Homecare providers, payers, associations, government agencies, vendors, and consultants all turn to OCS HomeCare to elevate decision-making, raise the bar on results, and bring home positive outcomes. For more information about OCS HomeCare, please visitwww.ocshomecare.com or call 888-325-3396.

For more than 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the industry’s leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance with cutting-edge information sources such as Home HealthLine, OASIS-C & Outcomes Solutions and Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health. Our unique blend of award-winning staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives, providers, healthcare organization managers and their revenue-cycle staffs enables us to provide solutions, tools and guidance that’s 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.