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Pathways Home Health & Hospice Recognized for Quality Care Receives 2013 HomeCare Elite Top Agency Award
Date:12/5/2013

Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) December 05, 2013

Pathways Home Health & Hospice was named a 2013 HomeCare Elite Top Agency by the National Research Corporation, an organization that tracks quality of care metrics within the home health industry. The HomeCare Elite award identifies Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top agencies overall. Pathways Home Health is among the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies in the United States to receive this honor.

The 2013 HomeCare Elite award 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, Home Health Line. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patent experience, and quality improvement and consistency.

“The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. 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,” said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research. “We congratulate Pathways Home Health & Hospice on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

“Quality home health care is vital to our community and is an integral part of the healthcare safety net,” said Georgia Rock, Pathways Chief Operating Officer. “Our patients depend on us to bring quality care to their homes and to help them move safely from the hospital to their homes. Receiving the 2013 HomeCare Elite recognition is evidence that we are meeting the needs of our community.”

Pathways received high scores in several categories including pain reduction when moving, improved patient breathing, and patient medication management. These scores translate into patients achieving greater independence, stay out of the hospital, and feeling better overall.

In addition to offering home health care in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, Pathways Home Health & Hospice recently expanded home health services to the Tri-Valley communities of Fremont, Union City and Newark.

Pathways Home Health & Hospice is the one of the oldest home health and hospice organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, having served patients in their homes for more than 35 years. A non-profit healthcare agency, Pathways is affiliated with El Camino and Sequoia Hospitals. Pathways is also accredited by The Joint Commission for the accreditation for healthcare organizations, an independent organization that endorses only those hospitals and home health agencies that meet the strictest standards.

The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of 2012 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at http://www.nationalresearch.com.

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice
Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit, community based organization which has served the Bay Area for over 36 years. Pathways was founded in 1977 by a remarkable group of Stanford physicians who saw the community’s need for professional care at home. That first year Pathways served 12 patients. Pathways now serves over 5,000 families a year in five Bay Area counties

Affiliated with El Camino and Sequoia Hospitals since 1986, Pathways Home Health & Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is a member of the Visiting Nurse Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the California Association of Health Services at Home. Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a designated 2013 HomeCare Elite Agency for Quality Care.

For more information about Pathways services, grief workshops, volunteering, or making a donation in support of Pathways’ families, call 1 (888) 755.7855 or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org/

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 company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement 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.

National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit http://www.nationalresearch.com.

About DecisionHealth®
For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s 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 http://www.decisionhealth.com

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