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January 30, 2013

ThedaCare At Home Earns National Honor

For the seventh straight year, ThedaCare At Home ranks as one of the nation’s most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers, according to 2012 HomeCare Elite™.

Home Health Provider Among Top 25% in the Country

For the seventh straight year, ThedaCare At Home ranks as one of the nation’s most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers, according to 2012 HomeCare Elite™.

Compiled by OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth, the listing identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and also highlights the top 100 and 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publically available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement and financial performance. ThedaCare At Home has made the list each year it has been compiled.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top home healthcare provider in the nation for the seventh consecutive year,” said Tom Jankowski, ThedaCare At Home’s manager of homecare services. “Our employees’ dedication to quality outcomes and compassion in caring for the community ‘like family’ is what encourages us to pursue positive healthcare change. We humbly thank our patients for continuing to choose ThedaCare as their healthcare provider.”

The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The 2012 HomeCare Elite is co-sponsored by National Research Corporation (also known as OCS HomeCare), the leading provider of cross-continuum healthcare metrics and analytics, and Decision Health, the publisher of the industry’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publically available information. The entire list of 2012 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting

“The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, president and chief operating officer of the National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare. “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends. We congratulate ThedaCare At Home on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue. Home health agencies like ThedaCare At Home that have earned recognition among HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace, but also continue to excel in clinical, patient experience, quality improvement and financial outcomes,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute business group of Decision Health.

During the past seven years, ThedaCare At Home has received numerous recognitions as one of the fastest growing and best performing home care agencies in the nation. ThedaCare At Home provides a continuum of home care services, including skilled nursing, home and residential hospice care, respiratory services, infusion therapy, home medical equipment, rehab and mobility, remote monitoring, and other specialty services. ThedaCare At Home serves more than 17,000 patients in 10 counties, including Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet, Brown, Green Lake, Waushara, Waupaca, Shawano, Menominee, and Oconto counties. There are more than 350 employees, including 150 licensed health care professionals in 15 different specialties. ThedaCare At Home also operates Cherry Meadows Hospice and the ThedaCare Hospice Residence on the Peabody–Heritage campus in Appleton. Follow us on Facebook.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, and ThedaCare at Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.