Massachusetts led all states in Nurse.coms New England region with 22 home care agencies recognized as part of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of top home care providers in the U.S., as presented by the National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth.
In its seventh year, the review names the top 25% of agencies based on performance measures. In 2012, those performance measures included quality of care, quality of improvement, patient experience, process measure implementation and financial management.
The 2012 HomeCare Elite also names Top 100 and Top 500 providers nationwide based on an overall score.
In Massachusetts, nine agencies achieved Top 500 designation nationally.
Connecticut had 21 home care providers named to the list, with three earning Top 100 recognition — Farmington Valley VNA in Simsbury, Home Care Plus, Inc., in Milford, and Ledyard (Conn.) Regional Visiting Nurse Agency.
Five agencies in Rhode Island and four in New Hampshire also made the HomeCare Elite list.
OCS HomeCare, a product of National Research Corporation, uses publicly available data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Home Health Compare and the CMS cost reports to create the HomeCare Elite list of agencies.
SEE A NATIONAL LIST of winners at OCSHomecare.com/Resources/HomeCare-Elite.aspx.
Nurse.com New England regional honorees
Home care providers from the New England region that were recognized as part of the 2012 HomeCare Elite list included the following:
Bayada Nurses, Inc., Norwalk
Bristol Hospital Home Care Agency, Plainville
Farmington Valley VNA, Simsbury – **
Gentiva Health Services, Trumbull
Gentiva Health Services, Farmington
Greater Bristol VNA
Home Care Plus, Inc., Milford – **
Interim Healthcare of Eastern CT, Norwich
Interim Healthcare of Hartford, Farmington
Ledyard Regional Visiting Nurse Agency – **
Orange Visiting Nurse Association – *
Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut, Vernon
Visiting Nurse Services of CT, Bridgeport
VNA Community Healthcare, Inc., Guilford
VNA East, Inc., Mansfield Center
VNA of Central Connecticut, Inc., New Britain
VNA of Ridgefield, Inc.
VNA of Southeastern CT, Inc., Waterford
Welcome Home Care, LLC, North Haven
ABP Best Home Care Agency, Inc., Allston
Acton Public Health Nursing SE – *
Angels at Home Healthcare, Newburyport
Chicopee VNA – *
Community Nurse & Hospice Care, Fairhaven
Community Visiting Nurse Agency, Inc., Attleboro – *
Emerson Hospital, Home Care Program, Maynard
Family Care Extended, Inc., Needham
Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Inc., Malden
International Health Solutions, Springfield
International Health Solutions, Lawrence
Life Care at Home, East Taunton
Metrowest Homecare, Framingham
Natick Visiting Nurse Association
Noble Visiting Nurse, Westfield
Northeast Homecare, Beverly – *
NVNA and Hospice, Norwell – *
Partners Healthcare at Home – Home Care, Waltham
South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Braintree – *
Visiting Nurse Comm. Health, Inc., Arlington
VNA of Middlesex East, Wakefield
VNA of Southern Worcester County, Webster
Homemakers Health Services, Rochester
NE Rehab Hosp. Home Care Services, Salem – *
Wentworth Home Care & Hospice, Dover – *
Your VNA, Rochester – *
Amedisys Home Health Care, Providence – *
VNA of Care New England, Warwick
VNA of Rhode Island, Warwick
VNS Home Health Services, Narragansett
VNS of Newport & Bristol Counties, Inc., Portsmouth
** denotes Top 100 recognition
* denotes Top 500 recognition