Mercy Home Health Recognized Among Nation’s Top Home Care Agencies

(DURANGO, COLO.) The Colorado Academy of Family Physician is pleased to announce that John Steven “Steve” Lavengood, M.D., of Durango has been named Family Physician of the Year.Mercy Home Health has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite™, placing it among the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the nation.

For more than 10 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. In prior years, Mercy Home Health has been recognized as a top 100 agency five times, as a top 500 agency four times, and among the top 25% of agencies once.

Tina Gallegos, director of Mercy Home Health, credits Mercy Home Health's staff and culture with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. "Mercy Home Health is here to serve the members of our communities," said Gallegos. "Our staff loves what they do and they are proud to provide quality, compassionate care to every patient."

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, senior director, product management, for ABILITY Network. “At the same time, tracking, measuring, and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate Mercy Home Health on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.” 

“We are proud to recognize the HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager, DecisionHealth. 

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 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 were recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line; The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual; and The Home Health Coding Center.

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About Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center is an 82-bed acute care hospital in Durango, Colorado. As a non-profit hospital that is part of the Centura Health network, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves in the Four Corners region. Visit Mercy Regional Medical Center for more information.

About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We’re Centura Health, and we’re here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit Centura Health website.

About ABILITY Network
ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information visit abilitynetwork.com or write to resources@abilitynetwork.com. For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to homecareelite@abilitynetwork.com or visit abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About DecisionHealth®
For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability, regulatory compliance and quality patient care. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C2 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1‑855‑CALL‑DH1 or visit decisionhealth.com.

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