Affinity Visiting Nurses Named as a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite

Affinity Visiting Nurses today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS), quality improvement, and financial performance.

“The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community. Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and other potential referral partners across the healthcare continuum,” said Susan L. Henricks, President and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent company of OCS HomeCare. “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused healthcare landscape and national value-based purchasing trends. We congratulate Affinity Visiting Nurses on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

“I am incredibly proud of the hard work that has led to this national recognition for our home health team,” stated Jerry L. Cleveland, President & CEO of Ministry Home Care, the parent organization of Affinity Visiting Nurses. “They do this work because they truly care about helping people live well at home. It’s their strong commitment to quality that has elevated them to this high level.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition continues to gain importance given the increased regulatory mandates and the threat of shrinking reimbursement revenue. Home health agencies that have earned recognition among the HomeCare Elite demonstrated that they not only can adapt to an evolving marketplace but continue to excel in clinical, patient experience, quality improvement, and financial outcomes,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of DecisionHealth.

The HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health profession. The 2012 HomeCare Elite is co-sponsored by National Research Corporation (also known as OCS HomeCare), the leading provider of cross-continuum healthcare metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, the publisher of the industry’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of 2012 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at

About Affinity Visiting Nurses
Affinity Visiting Nurses (AVN), a member of Ministry Home Care, is based in Neenah, provides care to people in their homes across a 13-county region surrounding Lake Winnebago. The AVN home health team brings professional rehabilitative and nursing services to individuals, allowing them to achieve optimal recovery from illness or injury, regaining the independence that allows them to stay in the comfort of their own home.

Affinity Visiting Nurses offers unique specialized services in addition to therapy and nursing services. Their high-tech telemonitoring program provides patients with small wireless devices in their homes that allow them to check their vital signs daily, with monitoring by a registered nurse. With this new technology, significant changes can be addressed more quickly, allowing patients to avoid exacerbations that may result in more serious illness or hospitalization.

Their PATH™ program brings holistic care to patients who are coping with serious long-term illnesses. PATH (Palliative Approach to Treatment at Home) provides the patient and their family social, emotional, and spiritual support as well as physical care.

For more information on the services provided by Affinity Visiting Nurses, go to

About National Research Corporation and OCS HomeCare
OCS HomeCare is a product of National Research Corporation. For more than 30 years, National Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCI) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

Currently recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

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About DecisionHealth®
For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the leading source for home health news, coding tools and resources, and training materials found in reputable products such as Home Health Line. Our unique blend of award-winning staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives and industry experts enables DecisionHealth to provide solutions, tools, and guidance that are relied on by nearly 100,000 home health care and specialty physician practice professionals. For more information, please visit or call 877.602.3835.

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