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Vidant Home Health and Hospice offices named as a Top Agency of the 2017 ABILITY | HomeCare Elite

May 03, 2018 by Erica Mizelle

Washington and Windsor, N.C. – Two Vidant Home Health and Hospice offices have recently been named as a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Vidant Home Health and Hospice is ranked in the top 25 percent of home health agencies across the country. Of the seven agencies east of I-95 to be named a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, two belong to Vidant Home Health and Hospice: Washington and Windsor.

Joan Wynn, PhD, RN, chief quality officer and president of Vidant Home Health and Hospice, credits the success of these clinical teams to their dedication to patient-centered care and achieving positive outcomes.  "We are so proud to have been recognized for excellence,” said Wynn. “Our dedicated team members are passionate and committed to providing the best care in their communities, as evidenced by this award.”

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of health care; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

This is the eighth year Vidant Home Health and Hospice—Windsor has received this award and the third year for Vidant Home Health and Hospice—Washington.

“The team at Vidant Home Health and Hospice has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY® Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health.

“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. “Vidant Home Health and Hospice and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes while maintaining solid profit margins, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies faced increased regulatory burdens each year.”

In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,064 agencies considered, 2,268 are recognized on the 2017 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The entire list of 2017 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY® Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About Vidant Health

Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,512-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in more than 80 practice sites in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

About ABILITY Network

ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information visit www.abilitynetwork.com  or write to resources@abilitynetwork.com.  

For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to HomeCareElite@abilitynetwork.com or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

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