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LIFETIME Care at Home receives 2018 Best of Home Care® – Leader in Excellence Award

LIFETIME Care at Home recently announced that it received the distinguished Best of Home Care –Leader in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, the leading firm in quality assurance for home care. The Leader in Excellence Award is the highest recognition awarded by Home Care Pulse and is given to select home care businesses that consistently rank among the very highest in 15 or more quality metrics. As a Leader in Excellence, LIFETIME Care at Home is now ranked among the top 4-5% of home care providers participating in the Home Care Pulse Satisfaction Management Program.

This accomplishment demonstrates LIFETIME’s long-term dedication to excellent care and quality improvement. To qualify for this award, 10% of LIFETIME’s clients and caregivers were interviewed each month by Home Care Pulse. Over a 12-month period, LIFETIME received high client and caregiver satisfaction ratings in areas such as: caregiver training, compassion of caregivers, communication, scheduling, client/caregiver compatibility, etc. Using feedback from clients and employees, as well as quality benchmarks from Home Care Pulse, the LIFETIME management team set goals to reach the highest level of excellence possible.

“This recognition by Home Care Pulse is testimony to the hard work, commitment and dedication of both our support staff and caregivers. It shows that our clients and families trust us to provide compassionate, respectful, quality care as they remain safe and independent at home,” says Guy Tommasi, Jr. Executive Director, LIFETIME Care at Home.

LIFETIME Care at home is a proud affiliate of VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice.  Since 1999 they have been providing advising and caregiving services throughout Connecticut. Their mission is to embody a spirit of compassion for those seeking and receiving in-home care. LIFETIME’s services include activity assistance, personal care, live in, and transportation.

The Best of Home Care – Leader in Excellence Award highlights the top-performing home care businesses in the nation. Home Care Pulse believes that by honoring these providers, families looking for in-home care for a loved one will be able to recognize and choose a trusted home care provider.

“Our goal at Home Care Pulse is to empower home care businesses to reach their goals and deliver the best home care possible,” says Aaron Marcum, CEO and founder of Home Care Pulse. “We are happy to recognize LIFETIME Care at Home as a Leader in Excellence. We’ve been impressed by their commitment to their clients and caregivers, as well as the quality of the overall care they provide. They really stand out in their market as a top home care provider.”

Click here to learn more about LIFETIME Care at Home’s commitment to excellence or call 203-458-5990.

LIFETIME Care at Home Director Published in National Healthcare Publication

Guy Tommasi, Jr., Executive Director of LIFETIME Care at Home, an affiliate of VNA Community Healthcare and Hospice, had a feature article published in the Jan/Feb issue of The Remington Report.

The article entitled, The Value Proposition of Private Duty: What Stakeholders Across The Care Continuum Should Know, focuses on the value of private duty home care.  Specifically, how it improves the Triple Aim, patient engagement, readmissions, and patient outcomes.  He explains what stakeholders should know about private duty home care to leverage its value.

Click here to read the article.

Tommasi champions the industry in the article and states: “The time is now for post-acute providers to include home care as a supportive partner in helping reduce rehospitalization. Those providers that can present a system of care that addresses the concerns of CMS – improved care, patient and caregiver satisfaction, cost effectiveness, will be much more attractive to those organizations establishing payer networks. Home care’s value to the healthcare delivery system should be leveraged as a ‘value’ resource.”

LIFETIME Care at Home started in 1999 with a clear focus: to be a top private non-medical in-home care provider for those who need a trusted resource beside them to help get through the daily challenges of living more confidently.

The Remington Report, the flagship publication of the Remington Group, a national strategy advisor on healthcare cross-continuum transformation, is read by 126,000 and is recognized as a leading source of strategy, business insights, cross-continuum innovations and future planning.

Fall Free Living Highlighted in Journal of Gerontology

The success of VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice’s award winning Fall Free Living program was recently highlighted in a report published in the Journal of Gerontology.  The report, Intervention to Prevent Falls: Community-Based Clinics, written by:  Yale University’s Dorothy I. Baker, Linda Leo-Summers, and Terrence E. Murphy; plus VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice’s Barbara Katz and Beth A. Capobianco focuses on the impact fall prevention clinics, like our Fall Free Living program, have on rates of self-reported falls and fall-related use of health services.

For the past 6 years Fall Free Living has been funded by a grant from the Connecticut Collaboration for Fall Prevention at Yale University School of Medicine through the Connecticut State Department on Aging.  The program offers group and individual in-home fall risk screenings and personal recommendations to reduce fall risk. Many Tai Chi and chair exercise classes designed to help participants build and maintain strength and balance.

 

Fall Prevention Publication

Medicaid Cut Will Jeopardize Care Locally

As CEO of VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice, a nonprofit home healthcare agency which provides Medicaid home healthcare services to over 1000 individuals each year throughout New Haven and Middlesex counties, 825 of whom live between East Haven and Essex, in your home towns, I am very concerned about an item in the Governor’s Executive Order. It eliminates something called an “add-on” that VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice and several other Medicaid home healthcare providers apply for, and receive, each year. These agencies combined serve almost 10,000 Medicaid patients.

The “add-on” supports added expenses, such as, security escort visits, extended hours visits, and high complexity care. The elimination of the add-on will cause serious access issues.

There is no cost-effective back-up plan to manage the care needs of Connecticut’s most vulnerable and our rapidly-aging population. If home healthcare providers such as my agency are forced to further reduce their financial losses by limiting access to Medicaid patients, thousands of at-risk residents will default to hospital emergency rooms and nursing homes to receive care – at a significantly-increased cost to CT taxpayers and the State budget. This is a penny-wise, pound foolish approach.

The State Legislature must recognize that shortsighted budget cuts will have a negative and costly long-term impact on all of us living in Connecticut.

Janine Fay, BSN, MPH
President & CEO
VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice

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VNA Community Healthcare Wins National Patient Satisfaction Award

VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice was recently named a national best practice agency by Fazzi Associates because of their proven leadership and excellence in patient experience and satisfaction with services received. 2016-hhcahps-fazzi-seal

“This level of success is commendable and is deserving of recognition and we (Fazzi Associates) are pleased to present VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice with the Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction, states Gina Mazza, Partner, Director of Regulatory and Compliance Services at Fazzi Associates. She added, “This is a significant accomplishment that VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice’s employees should be incredibly proud of.”

The Patient Satisfaction Award of Distinction was based on comparative analysis of other home healthcare agencies, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice’s overall satisfaction and likelihood of recommending survey questions place the nonprofit agency in the top 25% of Fazzi’s National Patient Satisfaction database.

VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice, with offices in Guilford and Hamden, is a nonprofit, home healthcare agency that provides nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapies; mental health; and maternal child health in 35 towns throughout New Haven and Middlesex counties. In 2015, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice’s visiting staff helped 6,200 patients. They also offer free or low cost community wellness, health and family caregiver support programs. For more information call their toll free Helpline at 1.866.474.5230 or visit ConnecticutHomecare.org.

About Fazzi Associates
Fazzi Associates, parent company of Fazzi Healthcare Services, was founded in 1978. Its headquarters are in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is the largest outsourced ICD coding service provider in the US market. Fazzi’s mission is to make a real difference in healthcare by strengthening the quality, value and impact of home care, hospice and community based services.

 

Your Donations Provide Life Saving Telemonitors

“I feel so safe knowing the VNA (Community Healthcare & Hospice) is watching out for me”
A patient reflects on her telemonitor service

Lois K* is a spunky, kind hearted, retired realtor who has an overwhelming love for her family, which includes grandkids and great grandkids.

At 83, she struggles each day from pain and discomfort from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), and Diabetes.  She requires constant oxygen and has extreme difficulty leaving her home, only doing so for medical appointments.

But Lois doesn’t let it get her down; “I’ve had a full life and I was able to spend 50 years married to the love of my life,” her husband sadly past away a few years ago.  She now lives with her son Carl and her delightfully peppy 4 year old Havanese dog named Jewel.

“This machine (Telemonitor) has been a great comfort… every day I check my oxygen levels and if they are off my nurse calls me to find out what’s going on.  They give me special tips on how to relax my breathing and then my oxygen levels always go up and we are both happy!”

By monitoring her heart health, the wireless telehealth gives both Lois and her nurse daily insight into any cardiac health changes and her nurse will notify her doctor about changes in her condition and work with him or her to change treatment plans.

In addition to checking Lois’ oxygen levels the telmonitor checks, her weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and day-to-day well-being.  The goal is to prevent a trip to the hospital.  And all is stable right now for Lois.

“I can’t imagine not having my daily check-ins (with the telemonitor)… I like to know that I’m doing ok, and if I don’t feel right this machine can tell my nurse exactly what is wrong…. I am so grateful to have it and would recommend it to anyone like me,” states Lois.

We thank you, our donors for enabling us to help Lois and 559 other patients like her. Telemonitoring is the future of home healthcare and it is not an inexpensive service at $360 per patient the cost in fiscal year 2015 was $200,000.  We could not do this without your support and generosity.

Telemonitors are NOT covered by Medicare or any insurance provider; your donations help VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice provide this lifesaving service designed to help patients just like Lois.

If you would like to make a donation to support this vital, life saving service, please click here and donate what you can.  

 

VNA Community Healthcare Named as a Top Agency of the 2015 HomeCare Elite

VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2015 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 bHomecare_elitee considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,718 agencies considered, 2,431 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health and hospice metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent publication in the home care profession, Home Health Line.

“The 2015 HomeCare Elite winners deserve credit for demonstrating high-quality care in their communities. As quality care initiatives become top-of-mind for healthcare providers, we recognize this as a remarkable achievement and are pleased to make this our 10th year of acknowledgement for top performing home health organizations,” said Christine Lang, VP of Product Development for OCS HomeCare. “We congratulate VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

Janine Fay, President and CEO of VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice, credits the agency’s dedicated and professional staff with the ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “Our team of clinicians and office staff are diligent and focused on patient care, I’m so proud of each of them,” said Fay.

The entire list of 2015 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at http://www.ocshomecare.com/HomeCare-Elite.aspx.

 

 

About National Research Corporation

For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.325.3396, write to HomeCareElite@ocsys.com or visit www.ocshomecare.com/HomeCare-Elite.

 

About DecisionHealth®

For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. 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-C1 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1.855.CALL.DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.