The 2011 Home Care Elite Cites Riderwood Home Health for National Honor

The 2011 Home Care Elite Names Riderwood Home Health One of the Top 100 Home Health Providers in the United States SILVER SPRING, MD (October 4, 2011) - The 2011 Home Care Elite today named Riderwood Home Health one of the Top 100 Home Health Providers in the United States. The 2011 Home Care Elite is the compilation of the most successful home care providers in the United States. Now in its sixth year, this market-leading review names the top 25 percent of agencies in quality of care, process measure implementation, and financial performance. The 2011 Home Care Elite  also recognizes the Top 100 and Top 500 of providers nationwide. The data for this study is based on publicly available information. "I am proud of our professional and dedicated Riderwood Home Health staff," said Debora Herold, Home Health Administrator. "It is part of who we are to provide the best home health care for our residents by helping them to regain, maintain or achieve optimal health results safely and responsibly. Understanding medications, improving ambulation, and reducing hospital visits are just a few of the quality achievements our Riderwood Home Health team has maintained. We are truly honored to be one of the top100 agencies." OCS Home Care uses publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the CMS Cost Reports to create the Home Care Elite list of agencies. Three domains of performance were cumulatively evaluated for the 2011 list -- quality of care, process measure implementation, and financial performance. The quality of care component indexes agency performance in each of the 10 publicly-reported Home Health Compare measures released in July 2011. The process measure implementation index is based on agencies' rates in the 13 process measures included in the July 2011 Home Health Compare release. The financial performance measure represents agency indexed profit margin from the 2010 CMS Cost Reports (or adjusted 2009 results when 2010 data was not available). Agency performance in each of the three domains was compared against the performance of other organizations in their state and throughout the country. The three domains were combined into one overall score, using a weighting methodology that gives the greatest importance to quality of care. The top 25 percent of agencies in each region were identified, followed by the Top 100 and Top 500 nationally recognized home health agencies. About Riderwood: Riderwood (www.RiderwoodVillage.us ) has nearly 3,000 residents. It is the nation's largest continuing care retirement community. Riderwood's 120-acre campus stretches across Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Maryland. It offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers. Also, there are more than 200 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers and technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; film, fitness and sports; games; gardening; lifelong learning; music; literature, philanthropy; political awareness; theater; woodworking; and writing. Riderwood is managed by Erickson Living.