Oak Crest Home Health Team Named to Top 100 in Nation by 2011 HomeCare Elite™

Ranking considers over 9,800 similar agencies nationwide

PARKVILLE, MD---The Home Health Care team of Oak Crest retirement community today announced that it has a earned a place in the Top 100 of the 2011 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its sixth 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 performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation and financials. There are approximately 9,800 home health agencies nationwide. "It is increasingly challenging to manage the cost/quality equation. The 2011 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patients with the best possible care while managing their business efficiently and effectively," said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS and My InnerView. "This year, we updated our methodology to reflect industry focus and, based on this rigorous analysis, we congratulate Oak Crest on being one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country." Robin Keeler, Home Health Administrator at Oak Crest, credits a commitment to process management and best practices with the community's ability to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite's Top 100 agencies in the country. "Providing quality health care to our residents is our top priority. To that end, the entire team was dedicated to implementing pro-active best practices in areas such as diabetes and pain management, fall prevention, heart health and overcoming depression," described Mrs. Keeler. "These positive outcomes are a result of strong teamwork that extends beyond our home health staff to physicians and social workers," continued Mrs. Keeler. "Our residents truly receive person-centered health care as a result of this approach." The Home Health Care team at Oak Crest consists of nineteen staff members that include nurses, a nursing assistant, administrative support, and physical, occupational and speech therapists. "The HomeCare Elite designation continues to gain significance given the regulatory changes and challenges that agencies face.  Agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in both clinical and financial outcomes," said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group, DecisionHealth. The 2011 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry.  The 2011 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the industry's most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.  The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information.  The entire list of the 2011 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at www.ocshomecare.com. About OCS and My InnerView: As a combined business unit of National Research Corporation, OCS and My InnerView empower clients and partners throughout the entire post-acute continuum of care, including home health, hospice, skilled nursing, assisted living, and more.  The company offers market-leading survey solutions, predictive tools, data analytics, quality and outcomes reporting, financial insights, and the nation's largest comparative databases.  OCS and My InnerView partner with more than 12,000 post-acute providers. For more information, please visit the OCS and My InnerView websites or call 888.325.3396 and 800.601.3884. About DecisionHealth®: For 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the industry's leading source for news, coding tools and resources and training materials found in reputable products such as Home Health Line, Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.  Our unique blend of award-winning staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives and industry experts enables us to provide solutions, tools and guidance that are 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.