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Prairieland Home Care honored

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 1:42 p.m. CDT

SPRING VALLEY — Prairieland Home Care, 409 E. Second St., Spring Valley was recently named to the Top 500 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Prairieland has been serving the Illinois Valley since 1985.

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, 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, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the independent newsletter, 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 Corporation.

Connie Banks, Prairieland Home Care clinical director, said, "This award confirms the quality of the work of our staff that results from their sincere commitment to the mission and values of Prairieland Home Care. This recognition is their achievement.”

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