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Orange Visiting Nurse Association Named To Top 100 Of The 2016 Homecare Elite


Orange Visiting Nurse Association announced that it has been named to the Top 100 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 agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies 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; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of:  Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network.  “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex.  The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement.  We congratulate Orange Visiting Nurse Association on being one of the top 100 home care agencies in the country.”

Judy Gilkes Benson, Administrator, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, credits the entire staff’s focus on providing quality care to each of our patients and the ability to go over and above to meet the needs of each individual patient with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite.  “It has been truly a team effort of each member of the staff (clinical as well as administrative) to carry out the mission of the organization and provide individualized high quality care to each patient,” said Ms. Gilkes Benson, Administrator.

“We are proud to recognize the top 100 HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs.  The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.

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 entire list of 2016 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at

The Orange Visiting Nurse Association was established in 1937 and continues as a municipal agency of the Town of Orange which provides cutting edge homecare with a personal touch to allow frail or seriously ill patients to remain in their own home.  The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut and by the Center of Medicare Services to provide skilled nursing, physical, occupational, speech therapy, social work, nutritional counseling, home health aide/homemaker services to residents of Orange, Milford, West Haven and Woodbridge, CT.  The agency also has as part of its mission a public health/community health program which includes:  wellness and disease prevention, flu clinics, blood pressure clinics, monitoring and education, TB testing and disease monitoring in coordination with the Health Department of the Town of Orange and school nurses for the town of Orange public and private schools.

ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics.  ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa.  For more information, visit or write to  For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to or visit

For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability, regulatory compliance and quality patient care.  Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events.  DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C2 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit.  For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit


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