COSHOCTON -- Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton announced that it has been named to the Top 100 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its eighth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health

Compare. Out of 9,969 agencies considered, 2,496 are 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 care profession, Home Health Line.

"The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success is a tribute that managing healthcare data and utilizing it for improvement initiatives lead to high quality care, and we recognize them for their outstanding achievements," said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research. "We congratulate Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton on being one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country."

Barb Emmons, executive director of Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton, credits the Board of Directors and entire staff with the agency's ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.

Emmons commented, "Our agency cares so much about the well-being of our community, and we are always working to bring innovative and progressive programs to Coshocton. It's just the icing on the cake to be recognized for the quality care which we try to give to all of our clients."

Health Services of Coshocton County is a non-profit agency which serves Coshocton County and surrounding areas and provides home health care, hospice care, palliative care, physical and occupational therapy, Telehealth, extra care private duty, DD waiver, and passport services.

The entire list of 2013 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation web site at www.nationalresearch.com/homecareelite.

"HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. The shift from fee-for-service to pay-forperformance payment models is reshaping the healthcare profession. And home health is proving to be an integral part of the continuum. In the face of value-based purchasing and care delivery model changes, the metrics that make up HomeCare Elite methodology shine an accountable light on an industry that may be the lynch pin to achieving affordable care at home," said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

About National Research Corporation

For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) 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.

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 improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For information, call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit www.nationalresearch.com.

About DecisionHealth

For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry's leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.