Mercy Home Health Receives National Recognition

November 2, 2012

Mercy Home Health proudly announces it has been recognized once again on the prestigious list of the nation’s HomeCare Elite™.  The list is compiled by OCS HomeCare and Decision Health and names the top 25 percent of home care agencies in the nation.

This is the second consecutive year Mercy Home Health has received the recognition. Only half of the facilities on the 2011 HomeCare Elite™ list were named again this year.

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 2012 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 2012. The process measure implementation index is based on agencies’ rates in the 13 process measures included in the July 2012 Home Health Compare release. The financial performance measure represents agency indexed profit margin from the 2010 CMS Cost Reports (or adjusted 2010 results when 2011 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 Health, 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 July, Mercy Home Health launched hospice services and currently employs two full-time staff plus multiple volunteers.  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 conduct electrocardiogram tests (ECG’s) if necessary.

Mercy Home Health in Independence, Kansas was also named on the list.

For more information about Mercy Home Health services, call 620-223-8090.




Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit

Media Contacts

Tina Rockhold
Fort Scott, Columbus
Phone: 620-223-8094