(Hyannis, November 27, 2018) – The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod (VNA of Cape Cod) has once again been named to the HomeCare Elite™ list of top agencies in the U.S. This is the 13th consecutive year the agency has received the recognition. Now in its 13th year, the HomeCare Elite reviews close to 10,000 home health agencies around the country and identifies the top 25 percent. The VNA of Cape Cod has been included in the top 25 percent for all 13 years. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures, including: • Quality outcomes • Best practice implementation • Patient experience • Quality improvement and consistency • Financial performance HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 8,898 agencies considered, 2,223 are recognized on the 2018 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. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual. “I would like to congratulate the team at VNA of Cape Cod and thank them for their commitment to providing consistently high-quality care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “During a time of increasing demands on home health professionals’ time and attention, these caregivers and leaders have demonstrated that they have prioritized their patients and created a solid foundation for serving their communities and partnering with other healthcare providers.” Marci Geipe, product manager for DecisionHealth, added that VNA of Cape Cod “leadership and staff have placed a premium on the patient care your agency provides, as showcased by your quality outcome scores. The entire community benefits from the compassion that your staff shows toward your patients, leading to cost savings for the entire healthcare system.” The VNA of Cape Cod, a member of Cape Cod Healthcare, serves patients and clients from Provincetown to Pembroke, as well as Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. VNA nurses, therapists, home health aides and staff provide more than 300,000 home health and hospice care visits annually, and also offers screening, immunizations and wellness programs through their public health department. “We are honored to once again be named one of the top home health agencies in the U.S. by this prestigious group,” said Michael K. Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “I am continually impressed by the dedication and commitment to their patients shown by our physicians, nurses, therapists, outreach workers, home health aides, support staff and volunteers. To consistently receive this honor is an important accomplishment and I congratulate each and every one who has played a part in this achievement. Cape Cod residents know that the VNA is synonymous with warm, compassionate, skillful care.” The past year was one of transition and change for the VNA, according to Ann-Marie Peckham, president of the VNA of Cape Cod. “We are proud that we have maintained our high quality of care, as recognized by this honor,” she said,. “Medicare has raised the bar on outcomes and performances for healthcare providers, and we are proud that our care continues to meet this challenge. “Our home care and hospice professionals are trained and experienced in offering skilled, compassionate assistance to those in need of care at home, whether it is for rehabilitation after surgery or illness, long-term health needs, or end-of-life care.” Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,300 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, (Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital), the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA of Cape Cod), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility (JML Care Center), an assisted living facility (Heritage at Falmouth), five outpatient centers, four urgent care centers, and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org. Cape Cod Healthcare. Visit our health news site www.capecodhealthnews.com for the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news. About ABILITY Network ABILITY Network, an Inovalon Company (NASDAQ:INOV), is a leading cloud-based, SaaS information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. The combination of myABILITY and the Inovalon ONE™ Platform creates a vertically integrated cloud-based platform empowering the achievement of real-time value-based care from payers, manufacturers and diagnostics, all the way to the patient’s point of care. For more information, visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to email@example.com or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/hce. About H3.Group In March 2017, Simplify Compliance LLC announced the merger of DecisionHealth, LLC with existing brands HCPro and HealthLeaders Media, to form the H3.Group! H3.Group, with its three pillars of thought leadership, expertise, and application, provides critical insight, analysis, tools and training to healthcare organizations nationwide empowering today’s healthcare professionals with solution-focused information and intelligence to guide their organizations’ efforts in achieving compliance, financial performance, leadership, and organizational excellence. The creation of the H3.Group comes as healthcare faces an unprecedented period of transition that brings uncertainty and opportunity. As policies and regulations are revisited and payment models changed, the need for clarity, actionable guidance and expert training for all provider settings and functional areas will increase dramatically. About DecisionHealth For over 30 years, DecisionHealth, an H3.Group brand, has served as the industry’s leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance with brand names such as Home Health Line and Part B News. Our unique blend of award-winning on-staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives, providers and their administrative staffs results in business management advice and operationally focused editorial that has captured the attention of nearly 100,000 home health care professionals and specialty physician practices.