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VNA of Northwest PA Again Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™

Released: 1/9/2015

Bradford PA — VNA of Northwest PA, formerly McKean County VNA and Hospice, has been named a Top 100 Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. It is the second consecutive year the agency has earned Home Care Elite designation, and shows exceptional improvement to rank within the top one percent of home health care agencies in the nation.

VNA of Northwest PA was the only home health agency in the region, and one of only four in Pennsylvania, named to the 2014 HomeCare Elite Top 100, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States developed by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation.

“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 VNA of Northwest PA on being one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country.”

Now in its ninth 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 (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.

“There are nearly 10,000 agencies across the nation evaluated for the Home Care Elite Award, so being in the top 100 places the VNA in top one percent of home care agencies in the nation,” said Judy Baumgartner, Chairperson of VNA of Northwest PA Board of Directors . “This is one more indicator that VNA of Northwest PA is raising the bar on quality for residents of the region and setting ourselves apart from other home health agencies.”

“Taking a large step forward into the Top 100 demonstrates that VNA is performing at a high level and consistently delivered the highest quality care to the region,” said Timothy J. Finan, President and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and Bradford Regional Medical Center, which jointly operates VNA of Northwest PA with Kaleida Health (Buffalo, NY). “We are all extremely proud of the VNA staff, who show their dedication and commitment to excellence every day,” Finan said.

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 most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line. 

“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 leads to success,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

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

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. 

Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., 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. 

National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to, or visit

About DecisionHealth®

For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that 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 subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C 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