Colorado Centura Health at Home Agencies Recognized as the Top 25 Percent in the U.S.

(DENVER) Centura Health at Home is pleased to announce that its Colorado Health at Home agencies Centura Health at Home Denver, Centura Health at Home in Colorado Springs, Centura Health at Home in Pueblo, Bristlecone Health Services in Frisco and Mercy Home Health in Durango have been named in the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of all Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and 500 agencies overall.

Centura Health at Home Pueblo was recognized as a Top 100 agency and Mercy Home Health in Durango was recognized as a Top 500 agency. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. Out of 9,996 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

The 2014 Home Care Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements, said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research. We congratulate the Colorado Centura Health at Home agencies on being recognized in the top 25 percent of home care agencies in the country.

he 2014 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2014 HomeCare Elite is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home care profession, Home Health Line.

Erin Denholm, senior vice president of clinical transformation for Centura Health credits each agencys unwavering commitment to deliver clinical excellence and provide superior patient outcomes with its ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. We are proud to receive this distinction that sets us apart as the regions leading provider of home health care services. It is a testament to the high-value care patients can expect from Centura Health.

HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In todays healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management leads to success, said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

The entire list of 2014 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website.

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About Centura Health at Home
Centura Health at Home provides a continuum of care that includes home care, telehealth services, palliative care, in-patient hospice care and home hospice services, rehabilitation therapies and six senior living communities offering independent living, adult day programs, assisted living, memory care and 24-hour skilled nursing care. Our more than 900 of the best hearts and minds in health care serve communities throughout the state of Colorado. We are part of Centura Health, the regions leading health care network. For more information, please visit Centura Health at Home website.

About National Research Corporation
For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the companys focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders. National Researchs healthcare analytics products and solutions identify a path to better quality outcomes and patient experiences for home health agencies. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management. For more information, call 800-388-4264, email, or visit National Research Corporation.

About DecisionHealth
For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industrys leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit DecisionHealth website.

Contact:
Serena Sampat
Marketing Manager
Centura Health at Home
303-561-5023
serenasampat@centura.org