St. Mary Home Health Named Among the Top Home Care Agencies in the U.S.

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Walla Walla, WA—Providence St. Mary Home Health has been named among the top home care agencies in the United States by the Ability Network.

The HomeCare Elite® Top Agency of 2016 recognition is given to the top 25 percent of home care agencies in the nation.

“Our Home Health staff travel many miles every week to care for patients in their homes,” said Yvonne Strader, Chief Nursing Officer at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. “I believe that HomeCare Elite has recognized what our Home Health patients have known for a long time – that our staff is dedicated to providing the best care possible and meeting the needs of each patient as an individual. I’m proud of them. They have earned this.”

“Our staff members have worked hard to deliver great quality and patient satisfaction,” said Dawn Adams RN, MHA, Director of Home Health, who lead the work. “This award is the result of their efforts.”

For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified 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 health care; 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 health care 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 Providence St. Mary Home Health on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

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.

“We are proud to recognize the 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.

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

About Providence St. Mary Medical Center

Providence St. Mary Medical Center, a 142-bed regional hospital located in Walla Walla, Washington, is the fourth-largest employer in Walla Walla County. The Providence Medical Group is the largest group of primary care providers and specialists in the Walla Walla area.

About ABILITY Network

ABILITY® Network is a leading health care information technology company, helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of health care 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

About DecisionHealth®

For more than 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