May 17, 2022

Acadian HomeCare of Lafayette receives American Heart Association’s first Home Health Heart Failure Certification

American Heart Association® certification recognizes evidence-based accomplishment in quality improvement

LAFAYETTE, La. (May 17, 2022) ― Acadian HomeCare of Lafayette, a member of the LHC Group family of in-home healthcare providers, has earned the first official Home Health Heart Failure Certification from the American Heart Association®, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all. The certification provides an evidence-based framework for evaluating home health agencies against the American Heart Association’s rigorous science-based standards for heart failure patients, including program management, patient and caregiver education and support, care coordination, clinical management, and quality improvement.

“This certification affirms the lifesaving mission and goal of the American Heart Association to help every person everywhere have the opportunity for a longer, healthier life,” said the Association’s Chief Science and Medical Officer Mariell Jessup, M.D., FAHA. “We’re pleased to have Acadian HomeCare of Lafayette become our first American Heart Association Home Health Heart Failure certified agency.”

The professional home health clinicians and support staff at Acadian HomeCare of Lafayette serve patients in Lafayette and the surrounding region with quality healthcare where they most want it – in their home or place of residence. Home health professionals treat a wide range of medical conditions, allowing patients to rest and recover in the comfort of home. The agency is part of LHC Group, a national provider of in-home healthcare services with 30,000 employees operating locations in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

“We’re honored to be the first agency to receive this certification from a such an established and recognized global leader as the American Heart Association,” said Diane Sant, clinical director of Acadian HomeCare. “The tools and resources provided by the American Heart Association will help us continue providing education and opportunities for our agencies to work toward quality enhancement efforts for our patients with heart failure. This accomplishment reflects our never-ending mission to provide quality care for as many people as possible.”

The certification signifies confidence that:

  • An agency’s heart failure program is based on standards aligned with the American Heart Association science,
  • The agency is recognized by the American Heart Association, based on professional evaluation criteria designed by heart failure and home care experts, and
  • Care is coordinated from pre-admission through working with the home health agency to discharge.

“We’re extremely proud of our Acadian HomeCare team earning this certification, and for what it means for the future of our companywide clinical programs,” said Dr. Benjamin Doga, LHC Group’s chief medical officer. “Improved outcomes are the driving force behind our clinical products, and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the American Heart Association.”

About LHC Group, Inc.

LHC Group, Inc. is a national provider of in-home healthcare services and innovations for communities around the nation, offering quality, value-based healthcare to patients primarily within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. The company’s 30,000 employees deliver home health, hospice, home- and community-based services, and facility-based care in 37 states and the District of Columbia – reaching 60 percent of the U.S. population aged 65 and older. Through Imperium Health, the company’s ACO management and enablement company, LHC Group helps partners improve both savings and patient outcomes with a value-based approach. As the preferred joint venture partner for more than 400 leading U.S. hospitals and health systems, LHC Group works in cooperation with providers to customize each partnership and reach more patients and families with an effective and efficient model of care.