November 13, 2017

The following press release was released on November 6th, 2017. To read the entire press release, click here.

Community VNA® Named to the Top 500 of the 2017 ABILITY | HomeCare Elite

Attleboro, Massachusetts, November 3, 2017  Community Visiting Nurse Agency, Inc. (Community VNA) today announced that it has been named to the Top 500 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 agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

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 Community VNA 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 500 home care agencies in the country.”

Kathleen M. Trier, Executive Director & CEO, Community VNA, credits a focus on quality and individualized patient care with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare EliteTop 500. “We are honored to achieve this recognition,” said Ms. Trier. “The compassion, skill, and dedication our nurses, social workers, therapists, and aides show to our patients each day is commendable. This recognition is particularly meaningful as we continue our focus on providing the highest level of patient satisfaction, and growing to meet the home health care needs of our community.

Community VNA has been recognized as a Home Care Elite Top Agency since 2012.
Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on the list of the top 500 HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. “Community VNA and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes while maintaining solid profit margins, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies faced 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. Only 5% of these agencies nationwide achieve the Top 500 designation that Community VNA has attained.

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

About Community VNA
Community VNA has been dedicated to enhancing health, wellness and quality of life for more than100 years, providing a range of services, including:  Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Private Care, Adult Day Health Care, Alzheimer’s Assistance Program, as well as Lifeline services and annual Elder Dental Clinics. Community VNA’s Hospice Care program has been recognized as a Premier Performer for scoring in the top 5% in the SHP national Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Hospice Survey benchmark for overall satisfaction as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Additionally, Community VNA’s Home Health Care program has been recognized as a Superior Performer for scoring in the top 20% in the Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) national Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers (HHCAHP) survey benchmark for overall satisfaction as measured from the patient’s point of view.

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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 andTampa. For more information visit or write to

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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 solutionfocused 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.