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03/09/2010

Home Health Care Program Ranked Among the Best in U.S.


South Nassau Communities Hospital Home Care has earned a spot on the prestigious HomeCare Elite™ Top 500 List of home health care providers in the United States. This is the third time that South Nassau Home Care has been named to the list, which was published for the first time in 2006.

HomeCare Elite Top 500 is compiled by Outcome Concept Systems (OCS), Inc., the leading post-acute healthcare information company in the U.S. OCS is recognized for maintaining the nation’s most comprehensive set of measures covering clinical outcomes, financial performance, patient-satisfaction and operational efficiency for home health, hospice and private duty agencies.

South Nassau Home Health Care is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and certified to participate in Medicare, Medicaid and Blue Cross programs, as well as accredited by The Joint Commission.

South Nassau Home Care offers short-term, acute care and long-term programs. The range of services provided include skilled nursing, rehabilitation services, medical social services, home health aide services, nutritional counseling and additional waived services as provided by the long-term program. Laboratory services, medical supplies and equipment and IV therapy services can be arranged through our contracted vendors. In addition, it offers specialty programs such as telehealth, medication management, and a fall prevention program. Advanced wound care treatment and VAC therapy can also be provided.

“Our exceptionally trained staff is known for delivering high-quality compassionate care that contributes to positive patient outcomes,” said Ruth Ragusa, RN, vice president of organizational effectiveness for South Nassau Communities Hospital. “To be ranked among the top 500 confirms that we are fulfilling our commitment to provide personal, efficient, and effective health care to patients in the comfort of their homes.”

The HomeCare Elite ranking lists the top 25 percent of home health agencies and programs in the U.S. according to performance measures in quality, improvement and financial performance. The data used for this ranking was compiled from publicly available information from Home Health Compare and the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS) cost reports. Three performance factors were included in the calculation of the score –quality of care, quality improvement, and financial performance.

The quality of care measure indexed each agency’s performance in the twelve public release Home Health Compare measures. The quality improvement index was based on changes in the twelve outcomes between data released in September of 2008, and in September of 2009. The financial performance measure represented agencies’ indexed profit margin from the 2008 CMS cost reports.

Each agency’s performance in each of the three domains was compared against the performance of other organizations in their state and in the country. The three domains were combined into one overall score, using a weighting methodology that gives the greatest importance to quality of care. The top 25 percent of agencies in each region, both hospital-based and freestanding, were identified and listed on the national report.

For more information about South Nassau Home Care, call (516) 377-5000.



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