First Texas Home Health Named to the Top 500 of the 2012 HomeCare Elite

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First Texas Home Health announced that it has been named to the Top 500 of the 2012 HomeCare EliteTM, 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 First Texas Home Health on being one of the top 500 home care agencies in the country.”

First Texas Home Health credits our outstanding clinical staff and specialized programs with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “Innovative plans of care with above average patient outcomes has allowed us to excel in the market place,” said Rodgers.

Methodology

OCS HomeCare, a product of National Research Corporation, uses publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the CMS Cost Reports to create the HomeCare Elite List of agencies. Five domains of performance were cumulatively analyzed—quality of care, quality improvement, patient experience (HHCAHPS), process measure implementation, and financial performance.

The quality of care, process measure implementation, and patient experience domains measure agency perfor- mance in each of the publicly-reported Home Health Compare measures.The quality improvement index is based on changes in the 8 outcomes between data released in July 2011 and July 2012.The financial perfor- mance measure represents agency indexed Medicare profit margin from the 2011 CMS Cost Reports (or 2010 adjusted when 2011 data was not available).

Agency performance in each of the domains was compared against the performance of other organizations in their state and nationwide (including U.S. territories). The domains were combined into one overall score, using a weighting methodology that gives the greatest importance to quality of care.The top 25% of agencies in each region, both facility-based and free-standing, were identified and added to the national list. Plus, the top 100 and 500 agencies in the nation were recognized based on overall score.

National Research Corporation is proud to partner with DecisionHealth for this popular recognition program for the home care profession.

For more information please contact: National Research Corporation 800.388.4264 info@nationalresearch.com www.nationalresearch.com

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