TAPPAHANNOCK, Va. – Riverside Tappahannock Home Health is among three Riverside Health System practices that were named a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

Today’s announcement marks the eighth time that Riverside Tappahannock Home Health has been named to the HomeCare Elite, and the fourth time for Riverside Home Health. Riverside Shore Home Health was additionally honored as being among the top 500 agencies on the HomeCare Elite, an accolade it has received for the fifth time.

“The teams at Riverside Home Health, Riverside Shore Home Health and Riverside Tappahannock Home Health have demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, their teams have earned this recognition as three of the top home care agencies in the country.”

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

“All of our teams live and breathe the Riverside Care Difference, which calls for caring for patients as we would our own loved ones – and nowhere is that philosophy more applicable than home health,” said Sheila Schubert, Clinical Director of Home Care Operations for Riverside Health System. “We’re so proud of the compassion and dedication of our colleagues at Riverside Home Health, Riverside Shore Home Health and Riverside Tappahannock Home Health, which has once again earned them placement on the HomeCare Elite.”

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,064 agencies considered, 2,268 are recognized on the 2017 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. “Riverside Health System and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes while maintaining solid profit margins, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies faced increased regulatory burdens each year.”

The entire list of 2017 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at http://abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.