The 2016 HomeCare Elite® winners have been announced, and ABILITY extends its congratulations to these home health agencies recognized as the top performers in the U.S.
Now in its eleventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of all Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the nation’s top 100 and top 500 agencies. To select the winners, publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) Cost Reports is analyzed. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Five domains of performance are cumulatively analyzed: quality of care, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience (HHCAHPS), process measure implementation, and financial performance. This year 9,406 agencies were considered, with 2,353 making the cut for the top 25 percent of the industry.
As Medicare and other payers continue their shift to value-based reimbursements, the performance measures that contribute to the HomeCare Elite selection are becoming more important than ever for all agencies – whether or not they are in the top 25 percent. Not only are patients using factors like star ratings to inform their agency selection, but hospitals and post-acute facilities are taking a hard look at performance measures as they set up their referral networks.
ABILITY Network has compiled a number of webinars and flipbooks that can help home health agencies improve their star ratings, reduce readmissions and boost revenue. If you’re working to improve your own agency’s performance, click here to see our resources.