Top Amedisys Care Teams Nationwide Achieve HomeCare Elite Status
155 Amedisys care centers across the country have been named to the 2013 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States compiled annually by OCS Home Care and DecisionHealth. Now in its eighth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further 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.
Amedisys Home Health Care Receives Pay-for-Performance Award from CMS
Amedisys was the recipient of $4.7 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) based on its performance during the second year of the Medicare Home Health Pay for Performance (HHP4P) demonstration.
CMS shared nearly $15 million in health care savings with more than 100 Home Health Agencies (HHAs) that participated in the intervention group of the two-year Medicare Home Health Pay for Performance (HHP4P) demonstration. Based on Amedisys' analysis of publicly available information from CMS.gov, Amedisys has received the highest reward for this demonstration for the second year in a row. The company received a $3.6 million award in 2010.
Amedisys Leader Selected by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Care for Patients
Julie Lewis, vice president of health policy for Amedisys has been selected to participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program.
The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October 2011, will help health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs.
Lewis is one of 73 individuals from 27 States and the District of Columbia participating in the Innovation Advisors Program. After an initial orientation phase, Innovation Advisors will work with the CMS Innovation Center to test new models of care delivery in their own organizations and communities. They will also create partnerships to find new ideas that work and share them regionally and across the United States.
Amedisys Receives Highest Recognition from the NHPCO We Honor Veterans Program
Amedisys care teams in Canonsburg and Scottdale, Pennsylvania hospice care centers have achieved Partner Level Four status, the highest recognition from the We Honor Veterans program. We Honor Veterans is a national awareness campaign conducted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Its goal is to help hospice professionals better understand the challenges veterans may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experiences and guide them to a more peaceful death.
Hospices earn their level in the program by completing activities that increase awareness while educating caregivers and community members on the unique issues facing veterans at the end of life. That designation is used to help Veterans Affairs staff and veterans identify hospices that have made a commitment to offering veteran-specific care and services. The Amedisys Hospice Care teams in Canonsburg, PA and Scottdale, PA care centers are amongst the few in the country to receive this level of recognition. Currently, there are only 19 Level Four We Honor Veterans partners in the nation.
Accreditation for Integrated Health Care Standards for Behavioral Health Disorders
Three Amedisys care centers were the first in the country to be awarded the prestigious Integrated Health Care Standards Accreditation by the Accreditation Commission of Health Care (ACHC). The new accreditation is awarded to home health agencies that demonstrate a strong multidisciplinary approach to caring for patients suffering from behavioral health disorders such as depression, dementia and schizophrenia.
The Integrated Health Care Standards Accreditation is the first and only accreditation to offer standards for integrated home care, blending behavioral health care with traditional health care. Previously, providers offering both services required two separate accreditations.
Innovator of the Year Award
Amedisys was named Innovator of the Year for its MercuryDoc, a web-based physician portal, during the 2011 Louisiana Governor's Technology Awards.
The Innovator of the Year award is presented to an individual, organization or company that has creatively used technology to advance their organization, to improve client/customer services and to positively impact their community and state. Other criteria include taking advantage of the latest developments in technology to help grow and expand the technology industry.
MercuryDoc is a web-based application developed for physicians to give them access to real-time critical patient data, such as patient demographics, medications, pharmacy information and graphed trends/vitals. It also allows physicians to manage home care patients' Plan of Care (485), supplemental orders, and provides information for physician care plan oversight.