The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 7, 2014

Mercy earns national recognition

The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Mercy Medical Center recently earned recognition from a national organization.

Mercy was named a Top Agency of the 2013 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

The HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Mercy Home Care has been named to the HomeCare Elite since its inception in 2006.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance.

In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,969 agencies considered, 2,496 are elite.

“The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community,” Senior Vice President of post-actue at National Research Mary Oakes said. “Their success is a tribute that managing healthcare data and utilizing it for improvement initiatives lead to high quality care, and we recognize them for their outstanding achievements. We congratulate Mercy on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

Mercy Home Care and Hospice Director Sharon Meister credits the team of skilled individuals for the ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite for the eighth consecutive year.

“Achieving this recognition is honor for all of us at Mercy Home Care and Hospice,” Meister said. “It once again reflects our dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our community.”

Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-actue care business group of DecisionHealth, said the HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement.

“The shift from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance payment models is reshaping the healthcare profession,” Heydt said. “And home health is proving to be an integral part of the continuum. 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 lynch pin to achieving affordable care at home.”

Mercy Home Care and Hospice serve patients in the Clinton and Jackson county areas in Iowa and Whiteside and Carroll counties in Illinois. Mercy Home Care provides a full range of home health services to enable individuals, from newborn to the elderly, receive care at home.

The service is accredited by the Joint Commission and is Medicare-Medicaid certified. For more information on Mercy Home Care and Hospice services, call 244-3766.