We are proud to be a national leader in Joint Commission accreditation. Whereas just seven percent of home health agencies nationwide have achieved Joint Commission accreditation, 100 percent of our home health and hospice locations have earned accreditation or are completing the accreditation process.
Nearly 60 percent of LHC Group home health agencies have achieved HomeCare Elite status for 2012. In total, 134 LHC Group home health agencies from 63 providers have been ranked among the 2012 “HomeCare Elite,” an independent rating of home health quality and performance. The 2012 HomeCare Elite listing, compiled annually by OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth, names the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States.
In 2012, we teamed with our partners at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in the foundation’s successful effort to secure a $3.8 million Health Care Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
LHC Group will work with Ochsner to manage the continuing care of stroke patients as they transition to the post-acute setting. Two telemedicine-enabled systems called “Stroke Central” and “Stroke Mobile” will allow care providers to monitor patients, evaluate outcomes and check on medication and treatment adherence on a real-time basis both in the hospital and in the home.
The program is expected to reduce readmissions and save an estimated $5 million over the next three years.
At LHC Group, we challenge our clinical team to learn and lead through a comprehensive series of innovative online credentialing tools. As an accredited provider of continuing nursing education, we are proud to usher in a new era of nursing excellence and are committed to advancing the nursing profession through high-quality education programs developed specifically for clinicians.