Mercy Home Care named to 2011 Home Care Elite™ list

October 29, 2011

Mercy Home Care proudly announces it has been recognized on the prestigious list of The 2011 HomeCare Elite™.

The Home Care Elite™ is an annual compilation of the most successful home care providers in the United States by OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth.  This market-leading review names the top 25 percent of agencies in quality of care, process measure implementation, and financial performance. The 2011 HomeCare Elite also recognizes the Top 100 and Top 500 providers nationwide.

The methodology behind the OCS HomeCare Elite™is derived from publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the CMS Cost Reports to create the HomeCare Elite™list of agencies. Three domains of performance were cumulatively evaluated for the 2011 list—quality of care, process measure implementation, and financial performance.

The quality of care component indexes agency performance in each of the 10 publicly-reported Home Health Compare measures released in July 2011. The process measure implementation index is based on agencies’ rates in the 13 process measures included in the July 2011 Home Health Compare release. The financial performance measure represents agency indexed profit margin from the 2010 CMS Cost Reports (or adjusted 2009 results when 2010 data was not available).

Agency performance in each of the three domains was compared against the performance of other organizations in their state and throughout 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 were identified, followed by the Top 100 and Top 500 nationally recognized home health agencies.

Mercy Home Care, based in Fort Scott,was established in November 1978 and today serves approximately 900 annually, providing in-home nursing care, therapy services and medication administration among other services.  In 2009, Mercy Home Care instituted well@home “telehealth” system which allows Mercy Home Care clinicians to closely monitor a patient between home and clinical visits through the use of in-home equipment that monitors critical bodily functions.  These include blood pressure, heart rate, blood-oxygen levels, blood-sugar levels, and even weight.  The well@home systems also conductelectrocardiogram tests (ECG’s) if necessary.

Mercy Home Care, based in Independence, KS, was also named on the list.

For more information about Mercy Home Care services, call 620-223-8091.

 Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 30 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit

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