For the fourth year in a row, Mercy Home Care of Independence has been ranked in the top 25 percent of home care providers in the United States in terms of quality outcomes, process measure implementation and financial performance measures.
The “2012 HomeCare Elite” award was recently bestowed to the Mercy service by OCS HomeCare, a national analytics and consulting organization dedicated to monitoring patient care and business performance data related to home health and hospice services.
Mercy’s top 25 percent distinction was achieved through reviews of publicly reported data from Home Health Compare and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cost reports related to all Medicare-certified home health agencies across the country. Additionally, OCS HomeCare also recognized the top 500 and top 100 home care agencies in the nation.
“Only half of the home care agencies who made the OCS list last year were selected again in 2012,” said Ronda Howerter, director of Mercy Home Care. “We have an exceptional team of caregivers and office co-workers who help make sure Mercy Home Care is consistently performing at a very level of quality in all regards.”
Mercy Home Care conducted 6,964 home visits in fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012) and serves an approximate 50-mile radius covering the counties of Montgomery, Wilson, Elk, Chautauqua and Labette. Services provided include in-home nursing care, therapy services, medication administration, and “telehealth” remote monitoring, among others.
The agency is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHO), and recently the department expanded services to launch Mercy Hospice, offering comprehensive end-of-life care for terminally ill patients and respite and bereavement support for caregivers.
Mercy Home Care of Fort Scott also earned 2012 HomeCare Elite designation, and both agencies are celebrating National Home Care Month, which is observed annually in November.
More information on Mercy Home Care or Mercy Hospice services may be obtained by calling 620-332-3215.