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Backus Home Health Care named among best

November 10, 2011

NORWICH – Backus Home Health Care has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the U.S.

The list includes the top 25% of agencies in quality outcomes, process measure implementation and financial performance.  A listing of the country’s top performers can be seen in the Nov./Dec. issue of, as well as at

“Achievement of HomeCare Elite status is especially gratifying because it recognizes the contributions of all of our agency staff, both those caring for patients in our communities and the administrative staff and supervisors who support them,” said Mary Kate Waltenius, Executive Director of BHHC.  “Our patients deserve and expect good outcomes which are given the most weight in determining the top home care agencies in the nation.  Backus Home Health Care is extremely fortunate to have employees who provide exceptional care and services to our patients.  I am so pleased that the performance of our outstanding team has been recognized in this way.”

“I would like to congratulate and thank the Backus Home Health Care team,” said Dave Whitehead, President and Chief Executive Officer of Backus. “They are important members of the Backus Health System and the continuum of care that we strive to offer patients throughout the region – before, during and after their hospital stay.”

The 2011 HomeCare Elite is a leading performance recognition indicator in the home health industry.  It was developed by OCS HomeCare, a provider of homecare information and Decision Health, an independent, industry publisher.  Data used is publicly available data from Home Health Compare and the CMS Cost Reports.

“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, CEO of OCS and My InnerView. “This year, we updated our methodology to reflect industry focus and, based on this rigorous analysis, we congratulate Backus Home Health Care on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

“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 Backus Home Health Care team.  Backus Home Health Care was recently named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the U.S.