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Oak Crest Home Health Team Named as a Top Agency in the 2019 HomeCare Elite®

November 21, 2019

Parkville, Maryland—Oak Crest announced that its Home Health Team has been named a Top Agency of the 2019 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.  For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, part of the H3.Group.

"We're pleased to recognize Oak Crest for exemplifying best practice in patient care," said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network.  "Oak Crest's home health professionals have demonstrated exceptional commitment to care quality and the patient experience."

Celeste Saunders is the Home Care Administrator at the senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living.  She oversees a team of 16 health care professionals who are responsible for approximately 540 monthly visits to residents.  Oak Crest has been named to the list thirteen times.

"Our team takes great pride in being consistently recognized as one of the top home health agencies across the nation," stated Mrs. Saunders.  "We prioritize training and integration with our medical partners as we strive to provide quality outcomes for the residents we serve.  Our team members are not only skilled clinicians but also have compassionate hearts; they appreciate the value of getting to know residents on an individual basis."

"Additionally, this year we piloted two exciting initiatives involving electronic medical record documentation and centralized quality assurance that will set new standards in providing high levels of resident care," noted Mrs. Saunders. 

Oak Crest's Home Health Team is also recognized as a 5-star agency by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency that compiles Home Health Compare.

"Congratulations to Oak Crest from all of the staff at DecisionHealth," said Marci Geipe, product manager for Decision Health.  "Your leadership and staff have placed a premium on the patient care your agency provides as showcased by your quality outcome scores.  The entire community benefits from the compassion that your staff shows toward your patients, leading to cost savings for the entire healthcare system."

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.  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 8,818 agencies considered, 2,207 are recognized on the 2019 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The entire list of 2019 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About Oak Crest: Oak Crest, one of 20 continuing care retirement communities developed and managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 87-acre campus in Parkville, Maryland.  The not-for-profit community of more than 2,100 residents and 1,250 employees is governed by its own board of directors, affiliated with National Senior Campuses, who provide independent financial and operational oversight of Oak Crest.  Additional information can be found at OakCrestCommunity.com.

About ABILITY Network: ABILITY Network, an Inovalon Company, is a leading cloud-based, SaaS information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics.  The combination of myABILITY and the Inovalon ONE® Platform creates a vertically integrated cloud-based platform empowering the achievement of real-time value-based care from payers, manufacturers and diagnostics, all the way to the patient's point of care.  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 http://www.abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About H3.Group: In March 2017, Simplify Compliance LLC announced the merger of DecisionHealth, LLC with existing brands HCPro and HealthLeaders Media, to form the H3.Group!  H3.Group, with its three pillars of thought leadership, expertise, and application, provides critical insight, analysis, tools and training to healthcare organizations nationwide empowering today's healthcare professionals with solution-focused information and intelligence to guide their organizations' efforts in achieving compliance, financial performance, leadership and organizational excellence.  The creation of the H3.Group comes as healthcare faces an unprecedented period of transition that brings uncertainty and opportunity.  As policies and regulations are revisited and payment models changed, the need for clarity, actionable guidance and expert training for all provider settings and functional areas will increase dramatically.

About DecisionHealth: For over 30 years, DecisionHealth, an H3.Group brand, has served as the industry's leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance with brand names such as Home Health Line and Part B News.  Our unique blend of award-winning on-staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives, providers and their administrative staffs results in business management advice and operationally focused editorial that has captured the attention of nearly 100,000 home health care professionals and specialty physician practices.

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