Sarasota Memorial Home Care Rated Among Best in Nation

Nov/26/2012

Sarasota Memorial Home Care service has been listed among one of the nation's top agencies in the 2012 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its seventh year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified home care agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement, and financial performance.

“The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community.Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, President and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare. “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends.We congratulate Sarasota Memorial on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

Sarasota Memorial merged its home care program with BayCare HomeCare in 2011 to strengthen and expand services to the residents of Sarasota County and surrounding communities. BayCare Director of Home Health Marla Matteson, who oversees the Sarasota Memorial Home Care program, credits the commitment and depth and breadth of care provided by its home care clinical team in earning the designation. In addition to home care nurses,  the home care team consists of physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, home health aides, dietitians, certified mastectomy fitters and pharmacists. They work throughout Sarasota and surrounding communities, helping people recover from illness and injury and become more independent in the comfort of their own home or other residential setting. 

HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The 2012 HomeCare Elite is co-sponsored by National Research Corporation (also known as OCS HomeCare), the leading provider of cross-continuum healthcare metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, the publisher of the industry’s most respected independent newsletterHome Health Line.

“HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue. Home health agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in clinical, patient experience, quality improvement, and financial outcomes,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

Data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information.The entire list of 2012HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at www.nationalresearch.com.

About Sarasota Memorial-BayCare HomeCare
Sarasota Memorial Home Care is a full-service Certified Medicare homecare provider that provides a full range of nursing services, rehabilitation and personal care for people recovering from an illness, injury or medical condition at home. It is owned and operated by BayCare HomeCare, in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. BayCare HomeCare has been providing home care to Florida residents since 1976, with more than 1,000  home care employees serving communities throughout Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and 13 surrounding counties. As the second largest provider of HomeCare services in Florida, BayCare HomeCare  is accredited by The Joint Commission, the highest standard of quality within the industry. It has been ranked by HomeCare Elite in the top 25% of all HomeCare agencies in the nation, based on quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance. For more information about BayCare HomeCare, visit its website at: www.baycarehomecare.com

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