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Published on November 26, 2013

Hospital Home Health named to Top 500 of 2013 HomeCare Elite

Home HealthFor the second year in a row North Kansas City Hospital has been named to the Top 500 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its eighth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of nearly 10,000 agencies, and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Honorees are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. To be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare.

Catherine Gill, director of Home Health with North Kansas City Hospital, credits “the dedicated clinicians and their focus on providing the individualized care each patient needs” with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “Our patients can be confident knowing they are being cared for by the only agency in the Kansas City metro area to receive this honorable designation," Gill said.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corp., the leading products for home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home care profession, Home Health Line.

“The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community,” said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research.” 

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgment. In the face of value-based purchasing and care delivery model changes, the metrics that make up HomeCare Elite methodology shine an accountable light on an industry that may be the linchpin to achieving affordable care at home,” said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

 

About North Kansas City Hospital Home Health: In operation since 1994, North Kansas City Hospital Home Health provides more than 40,000 in-home visits each year to residents of Clay, Platte, Jackson and Ray Counties. A full range of home health services are provided by employed staff, including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social work and home health aides. Referrals are accepted seven days a week at 816-691-1358.

 

About North Kansas City Hospital: For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been at the forefront of providing medical care in the Northland. The hospital is an acute-care facility with 451 licensed beds with specialties in cardiac care, cancer care, women’s health, orthopedics, emergency services and minimally invasive surgery. They provide a full continuum of care from the highest level of neonatal intensive care to award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs to home health and hospice. The medical staff includes over 550 physicians representing 49 medical specialties. North Kansas City Hospital is the first hospital in Missouri and one of only a few hospitals in the country to receive the Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center accreditation from the American Heart Association. In addition, the Hospital is an accredited Level III Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, a major trauma center for emergency care and rated as one of the busiest adult/pediatric emergency departments in Kansas City.

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