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October 18, 2010

MAURY REGIONAL HOME SERVICES RANKED IN TOP 25 PERCENT IN THE NATION FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Maury Regional Home Services has been named to the 2010 HomeCare Elite, a ranking of the top 25 percent of agencies in the nation based on an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.

“I am extremely proud of our Home Services team and the difference they make in the lives of our patients,” said CEO Robert Otwell. “The staff provides outstanding clinical care, which results in better outcomes for patients, and they do so with a level of care and compassion that has resulted in exceptional scores for patient satisfaction.”

The HomeCare Elite annual review is in its fifth year of publication from OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth. Maury Regional Home Services is among the five percent of agencies in the recent study that have been ranked in the top 25 percent every year. Organizations are evaluated on publicly reported data and do not apply for this award.

Director of Home Services Debbie Bratton stated, “We received this recognition based on the quality of care that our staff provides to patients each and every day, utilizing proven treatment methods that result in better outcomes. We are constantly evaluating ways that we can improve patient care.”

One such recent initiative is the use of an in-home monitoring device that obtains patients’ vital signs, weight and oxygen saturation on a daily basis. Information recorded by the telemonitoring device is transmitted to Home Services and monitored by nurses in the office seven days a week. This technology allows staff to quickly identify changes in a patient’s condition, and as a result gives them the ability to reduce rates of hospitalization and emergent care.

In addition, Home Services also began using in-home finger stick testing for patients taking anti-coagulation drugs. Rather than drawing a patient’s blood, delivering it to the laboratory and waiting on results, staff can now efficiently test patients at home, receive timely results and communicate with the physician to make immediate modifications of medications if needed.

Maury Regional Home Services offers a variety of services that include nursing care, rehabilitation services such as physical therapy, medical social workers, home infusion therapy and much more. Services are available in Maury, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, and Williamson counties.

“The 2010 HomeCare Elite winners continue to demonstrate a commitment to providing their patients with the best possible care while performing at the highest level,” said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS HomeCare. “We congratulate Maury Regional Home Services on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

“On the fifth anniversary of HomeCare Elite, DecisionHealth would like to congratulate all of the winners who have achieved excellent clinical and financial outcomes, especially during times of such drastic regulatory changes,” added Marci Heydt, executive editor of DecisionHealth’s Home Health Line.

 

The 2010 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2010 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of home care information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of home care’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of the 2010 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at www.ocshomecare.com.