SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies.  This year marks the third time the agency has been named a Top Agency.

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 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. “The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network. “We congratulate SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

Terry Shade, President, SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, credits the dedicated staff with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “While it is wonderful to be formally recognized in this fashion, the most important thing is that it reflects the high quality of care that our dedicated and compassionate staff provide to our clients.  These are the people who experience the reality of being cared for by a Home Care Elite agency every day,” said Shade.

SpiriTrust Lutheran Home Care & Hospice provides home health care, home health telemonitoring, palliative care, hospice, and in-home support services.  The agency serves south central through northeastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.  For further information, or to start care, please call (800) 840-9081 or visit www.SpiriTrustLutheranHomeCare.org.