MedStar Health Home Care Nurse Honored for ‘Excellence in Nursing’


BALTIMORE — MedStar Health Home Care is proud to announce that Cortney Amend, RN, a clinical lead for the homecare company’s Middle River, Md., location, earned the Excellence in Nursing award from Baltimore magazine. During National Nurses Week, Baltimore magazine recognized the region’s top nurses for their extraordinary contributions to healthcare. Amend received an award in the Hospice/Home Health/Palliative Care category for the fantastic care she provides patients in their homes every day.

According to Carmen Lott, VP of Nursing Services, “Cortney is a great nurse and we are thrilled that she earned this recognition. She is an excellent representative of our patient first value and her patients cannot say enough good things about her. We receive positive comments and requests for her care on a regular basis. This award is well deserved.”

Baltimore magazine awarded 75 of the region’s top nurses, spanning 18 specialties. They will be featured in the May issue of the magazine. Among the Excellence in Nursing award winners, the MedStar Health system boasts 10 additional honorees from other Baltimore-area locations, including: Rosine Castro, Barbara Chandler, Carolina DelaCruz, Mary Herster, Jessica Johnson, Rebecca Landreth, and Akira Swift of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; Michelle Sauter and Shannon Queen of MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital; and Philberta Noble of MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Amend and the additional awardees were selected among a pool of hundreds of nominations by a panel of RN advisors.

Find the full list of winners in the May 2019 issue of Baltimore magazine and on its website.


About MedStar Health Home Care

MedStar Health Home Care provides home healthcare services for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. A nonprofit, Joint Commission-accredited organization, MedStar Health Home Care treats patients through skilled nursing and physical, occupational and speech therapies. MedStar Health Home Care is a proud member of the MedStar Health system. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit MedStarVNA.org.

 

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MedStar Health Home Care Partners with Telehealth Company to Prevent Medical Emergencies

 

Elkridge, MD (December 14, 2017) – MedStar Health Home Care, which serves patients across Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia, has partnered with Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) to provide high-risk patients with innovative, in-home telemonitoring services. The partnership arises from MedStar Health Home Care’s goal to keep patients healthy and at home while reducing medical complications and the need for repeat hospital visits.

Telemonitoring allows MedStar Health Home Care nurses to receive important information about patients’ vital signs and health symptoms in between visits to the patients’ homes. Patients who are enrolled in the home monitoring program will receive HRS’ telehealth technology package, consisting of a 4G tablet with Bluetooth biometric devices such as a blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, and scale. These tools allow patients to record their own vitals daily. Each tablet also comes pre-loaded with educational videos and teach-back quizzes individualized to meet each patient’s needs. Nurses and other home healthcare team members can access patient vitals anytime and anywhere through HRS’ ClinicianConnect web portal and smartphone application. Nurses will be able to respond quickly to abnormal readings while working with physicians to make changes to a patient’s care plan.

The HRS telehealth platform allows for seamless communication between the clinician and the patient. The patient can communicate with his/her nurse through text messaging or phone call from the tablet. Likewise, the clinician can contact the patient through the HRS ClinicianConnect web portal and smartphone application.

According to Traci Anderson, RN, MedStar Health Home Care President, “As a home healthcare provider, our primary goal is to keep our patients living safely in the comfort of their own homes. With HRS’ innovative telemonitoring technology, we can better engage patients to monitor their own vital signs and look out for concerning symptoms. Identifying the negative signs early will allow us to intervene quickly, preventing patient harm and medical emergencies.”

Jarrett Bauer, CEO of HRS, adds, “We are honored that MedStar Health Home Care has chosen our telehealth platform to care for their patients. Patient engagement is important, and we are grateful to provide organizations like MedStar Health Home Care with a solution that helps keep their patients engaged and gives clinicians the ability to stay connected to their patients.”


About MedStar Health Home Care
MedStar Health Home Care is a nonprofit, Joint Commission accredited, in-home healthcare provider that offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. To support good health in the community, MedStar Health Home Care offers vaccination and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit medstarvna.org.

About Health Recovery Solutions 
Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) supplies healthcare providers with the most advanced patient monitoring devices, focusing on changing patient behavior to reduce readmissions. HRS' disease-specific 4G tablets are customized with medication reminders, educational videos and diet information while integrating with wireless devices. Tablets allow video chat, surveys, wound imaging and real-time risk monitoring by clinicians and patients’ family members. For more information, visit healthrecoverysolutions.com.

 

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MedStar Health Home Care Agency Named as Top Agency of the 2017 ABILITY HomeCare Elite

 

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ELKRIDGE (November 10, 2017) – MedStar Health Home Care announced that their District of Columbia Agency has been named a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. This is the seventh time the agency has been named on the list.

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, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

“The team at MedStar Health Home Care’s District of Columbia Agency has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

MedStar Health Home Care President, Traci Anderson, credits the dedicated quality team members, therapists, nurses, and clinical leaders with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “Our home healthcare team members work hard to give patients the highest quality of care and service possible with a strong focus on patient safety. Recognition on the HomeCare Elite list is a testament to their clinical expertise, diligence and dedication to our patients," said Anderson.

“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. MedStar Health Home Care and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes while maintaining solid profit margins, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies face increased regulatory burdens each year.”

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 9,064 agencies considered, 2,268 are recognized on the 2017 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The entire list of 2017 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website.


About MedStar Health Home Care
MedStar Health Home Care, a non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, in-home healthcare provider, offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. To support good health in the community, MedStar Health Home Care offers vaccination and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit www.medstarvna.org.

About ABILITY Network
ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to [email protected]. For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to [email protected] or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

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. 

 

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MedStar Health Home Care Named HomeCare Elite Top Agency For Sixth Consecutive Year

Two MedStar Health Home Care Agencies Recognized In The Top 25 Percent Nationally

hce2016_top_agencyELKRIDGE, MD (November 28, 2016) – MedStar Health Home Care today announced that their Central Md. and D.C. agencies were both named Top Agencies of the 2016 HomeCare EliteTM, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite annually identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 were awarded an elite title.

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate MedStar Health Home Care on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

MedStar Health Home Care President, Traci Anderson, credits the organization’s dedicated Quality department, operations leaders, educators, nurses, therapists and other clinical and support staff members with the ability to achieve national recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “I am thrilled that MedStar Health Home Care received this honor for the sixth year in a row,” says Anderson. “It is a testament to how hard our team works to deliver high quality care and put our patients first. We constantly work to identify and implement clinical best practices that help maintain our organization’s high service standards, while preserving efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”

“We are proud to recognize the HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.

The HomeCare Elite 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, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center. The entire list of 2016 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website.

About MedStar Health Home Care

MedStar Health Home Care, a non-profit, Joint Commission accredited, in-home healthcare provider, offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation and infusion therapy for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. To support good health in the community, MedStar Health Home Care offers vaccination and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar Health Home Care, call 800-862-2166 or visit www.medstarvna.org.

About ABILITY Network

ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to [email protected].

For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to [email protected] or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/hce.

About DecisionHealth®

For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability, regulatory compliance and quality patient care. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C2 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.

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