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Berkshire VNA Earns National Recognition
October 31, 2011

For Immediate Release

Berkshire VNA Earns HomeCare Elite™ Ranking

PITTSFIELD, MA – The Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its sixth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, and financial performance.

“It is increasingly challenging to manage the cost/quality equation. The 2011 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing patients with the best possible care while managing their business efficiently and effectively,” said Amanda Twiss, Chief Executive Officer of OCS HomeCare, which compiled the rankings along with DecisionHealth. “This year, we updated our methodology to reflect industry focus and, based on this rigorous analysis, we congratulate the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

“This honor would not have been possible without the hard work of our dedicated staff at the Berkshire VNA and Berkshire Health Systems commitment to quality care and excellent outcomes,” said Patricia Eddy, RN, Administrative Director of the Berkshire VNA. “I am very proud of everyone at the BVNA for earning this recognition. It really demonstrated the power of teamwork.”

“The HomeCare Elite designation continues to gain significance given the regulatory changes and challenges that agencies face. 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 both clinical and financial outcomes,” said Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group, DecisionHealth.

The 2011 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2011 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the industry’s most respected independent newsletter Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly available information. The entire list of the 2011 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at

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