(Hyannis, MA – January 28, 2020) – The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod (VNA of Cape Cod), a member of Cape Cod Healthcare, has once again been named to the Top 500 of the 2019 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top performing home health agencies in the United States. For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Now in its 14th year, the HomeCare Elite reviews close to 10,000 home health agencies around the country and identifies the top agencies nationwide. 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 To be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare. Out of 8,818 agencies considered, 2,207 are recognized on the 2019 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; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, part of the H3.Group. “We’re pleased to recognize the Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod for exemplifying best practice in patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “The VNA of Cape Cod’s home health professionals have demonstrated exceptional commitment to care quality and the patient experience.” “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.” “Congratulations to the VNA of Cape Cod from all of the staff at DecisionHealth,” said Marci Geipe, product manager at DecisionHealth. “Your 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 Plymouth, 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.,” said Michael K. Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “This recognition is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of our nurses, therapists, outreach workers, home health aides, support staff and volunteers to their patients. To consistently receive this honor is an important accomplishment that directly benefits the local community.” “We continue to maintain and build upon our quality of care, as recognized by this honor,” said Ann-Marie Peckham, president of the VNA of Cape Cod. “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.