Parkville, Maryland—Oak Crest, an Erickson Living retirement community, announced that its Home Health Team has been named a Top Agency of the 2018 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 13 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, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.
"I would like to congratulate the team at Oak Crest and thank them for their commitment to providing consistently high-quality care," said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. "During a time of increasing demands on home health professionals' time and attention, these caregivers and leaders have demonstrated that they have prioritized their patients and created a solid foundation for serving their communities and partnering with other healthcare providers."
Celeste Saunders, Home Care Administrator at Oak Crest, oversees a team of 20 health care professionals who make approximately 500-600 monthly visits to residents. The community has been named to the list twelve times.
"Being named a one of the top home health agencies by HomeCare Elite is a tremendous honor in which we take great pride," stated Mrs. Saunders. "Our entire team strives for a collaborative approach in providing quality outcomes for residents. Consistent staff training, coordination with our medical partners at Oak Crest and extensive quality assurance and improvement programs are cornerstones of this program. Most importantly, we are privileged to have a dedicated team of professionals who truly believe in our values and providing the personal touch to ensure that our residents are living better lives."
"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 8,898 agencies considered, 2,223 are recognized on the 2018 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.
The entire list of 2018 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at abilitynetwork.com/hce.
About Oak Crest: Oak Crest, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living®, is situated on a scenic 87-acre campus in Parkville, Maryland. The community is located in Baltimore County and is home to more than 2,100 residents. Additional information about Oak Crest can be found at OakCrestCommunity.com.
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