Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley has been named to the 2019 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.
The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.
“We’re pleased to recognize Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley for exemplifying best practice in patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley’s home health professionals have demonstrated exceptional commitment to care quality and the patient experience.”
Susan Maxwell, Executive Director of Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, credits collaboration of staff and their dedication to excellence with the agency’s capability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.
“Congratulations to Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley from all of the staff at DecisionHealth,” said Marci Geipe, product manager for Decision Health. “Your leadership and staff have placed a premium on the patient care your agency provides as showcased by your quality outcome scores. The entire community benefits from the compassion that your staff shows toward your patients, leading to cost savings for the entire healthcare system.”
HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 8,818 agencies considered, 2,207 are recognized on the 2019 HomeCare Elite winners list overall. The entire list of 2019 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at