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Eleven CareSouth Homecare Professionals Agencies Named to 2011 HomeCare Elite


Augusta, GA, October 21, 2011 --(PR.com)-- CareSouth Homecare Professionals today announced that 11 of its home health care divisions encompassing 33 locations and three of its managed agencies have been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. CareSouth agencies have consistently ranked in the HomeCare Elite since its inception in 2005. The announcement was made by Rick Griffin, CareSouth President and Chief Executive Officer.

Three CareSouth divisions were named in the “Top 500 HomeCare Elite Agencies” which include a total of 13 locations in the Augusta, Georgia and Dothan, Alabama area markets as well as Greensboro, North Carolina. An additional 20 CareSouth locations were ranked as “Top HomeCare Elite Agencies” including agencies in the following divisions: Panama City, Florida; Lexington, North Carolina; Columbus, Gainesville and Macon, Georgia; Winchester, Tennessee; Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas. The “Top HomeCare Elite Agencies” managed by CareSouth are Crisp Regional Hospital / CareSouth in Cordele, Georgia; St. Joseph’s / Candler Home Healthcare in Brunswick, Georgia; and Lawrence Home Care of Winchester in Tuckahoe, New York. The HomeCare Elite status extends to the branches maintained within each division, which includes over 96 percent of CareSouth’s patient population. CareSouth’s HomeCare agencies cared for almost 20,000 patients in 2010. For a complete list of CareSouth locations named to HomeCare Elite visit www.caresouth.com/about-us/HCE2011.

Now in its sixth 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 performance measures in quality outcomes, process of care measures and financial performance.

“It is increasingly challenging to manage the cost/quality equation. The 2011 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patients with the best possible care while managing their business efficiently and effectively,” said Amanda Twiss, CEO of OCS and My InnerView. “This year, we updated our methodology to reflect industry focus and, based on this rigorous analysis, we congratulate CareSouth Homecare Professionals on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

“We are extremely proud of our agencies,” said Griffin. “At CareSouth, we believe that exceptional customer service is the only kind of service to provide. Our patients and referral sources deserve nothing less. Furthermore, our clinicians’ dedication to providing quality care is evident in the outcomes they produce. I believe these are the reasons our agencies consistently rank among the HomeCare Elite.”

“The HomeCare Elite designation continues to gain significance given the regulatory changes and challenges that agencies face. Agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in both clinical and financial outcomes,” said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group, DecisionHealth.

The 2011 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2011 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the industry’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of the 2011 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at www.ocshomecare.com.

About CareSouth
CareSouth Homecare Professionals provides home health care services in eight states throughout the country, offering various programs and specialized services including fall prevention, total hip and knee orthopedic rehabilitation, wound care management, pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease management. The CareSouth Homecare Professionals work closely with each patient's physician to ensure they are following the orders as prescribed by the physician. CareSouth is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc.

About OCS and My InnerView
As a combined business unit of National Research Corporation, OCS and My InnerView empower clients and partners throughout the entire post-acute continuum of care, including home health, hospice, skilled nursing, assisted living, and more. The company offers market-leading survey solutions, predictive tools, data analytics, quality and outcomes reporting, financial insights, and the nation’s largest comparative databases. OCS and My InnerView partner with more than 12,000 post-acute providers. For more information, please visit the OCS and My InnerView websites or call 888.325.3396 and 800.601.3884.

About DecisionHealth®
For 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the industry's leading source for news, coding tools and resources and training materials found in reputable products such as Home Health Line, Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual. Our unique blend of award-winning staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives and industry experts enables us to provide solutions, tools and guidance that are relied on by nearly 100,000 home health care and specialty physician practice professionals. For more information, please visit www.decisionhealth.com or call 877.602.3835.

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