COSHOCTON -- Interim Healthcare announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified 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 Interim Healthcare of Coshocton/Cambridge, Ohio, on being recognized as a top home care agency."

Interim Healthcare's Cindi Harriman, branch manager credits the agency's excellent clinical and support staff in their continued commitment to provide "quality care to every patient every visit" with the agency's ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.

"Interim Healthcare takes pride in the care they provide to help patients remain in the comfort of their own home. Our commitment to integrity and quality care means a higher level of service," said Harriman.

"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.

The 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 newsletter Home Health Line.

The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information.

The entire list of 2012 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at www.nationalresearch.com.

For information about Interim Healthcare, call 740-623-2949 or visit www.interimhealthcare.com

OCS HomeCare is a product of National Research Corporation. For more than 30 years, National Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCI) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care.

Today the company's focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

Currently recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders.

This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.