Bellin earns kudos for home health services

GREEN BAY – Bellin Health recently was named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified 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 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 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 independent newsletter, Home Health Line.

Bellin was honored among the top 25 percent of honorees.

“The 2014 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of post-acute at National Research. “We congratulate Bellin on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

The recognition is indicative of Bellin’s systemwide efforts to provide top quality care, said Melissa Smits, team leader, Bellin Home Health.

“This is an incredible honor and highlights the hard work and dedication of our entire Home Health team,” Smits said. “Our continued emphasis on quality improvement and delivering a superior patient experience, while also helping patients control health care costs, is evidenced by this recognition.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success,” said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health.

The entire list of 2014 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at