LAFAYETTE, La., Oct. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:LHCG), a national provider of home health, hospice and comprehensive post-acute healthcare services, today announced that a total of 124 LHC Group home health locations have been ranked among the nation's best in an independent rating of home health quality and performance. The locations were named to the 2014 HomeCare Elite list, compiled annually by National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth to recognize the top-performing and most successful home care providers in the United States.
The market-leading review names the top home health care locations in the country based on a variety of performance measures. Nationally, only 25 percent of locations achieve HomeCare Elite status, while 44 percent of LHC Group's 280 home health locations earned it this year. Of LHC Group's current 280 home health locations, 38 were acquired in 2014.
"LHC Group is proud of our 124 locations named to the 2014 HomeCare Elite list, and we commend them on their exemplary performance," said Keith G. Myers, LHC Group's chairman and chief executive officer. "With this latest accomplishment, our team of healthcare professionals continues to demonstrate our commitment to excellence. Through our inclusion in HomeCare Elite, and with 100 percent of LHC Group's locations having either earned Joint Commission accreditation or in the process of completing accreditation, we continue to raise the bar across our company and the healthcare industry as a whole. I couldn't be more proud – or privileged – to lead such a team of high performers."
Now in its 9th year, HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified locations and highlights the Top 100 and Top 500 agencies overall. The program is free to the home health profession and completely complimentary recognition for agencies, which is not linked to any proprietary vendor database to be considered.
Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS® or HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. To be considered, locations must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,996 locations considered, 2,501 are recognized as HomeCare Elite.
The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line.
About LHC Group, Inc.
LHC Group, Inc. is a national provider of post-acute healthcare services, providing quality, cost-effective healthcare to patients within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group provides a comprehensive array of healthcare services through home health, hospice and community‑based services agencies in its home-based and hospice-based divisions and long-term acute care hospitals in its facility-based division.
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