Home Health Care Agency Award

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Home Health Care Agency Award

A range of opportunities to recognize individuals, leaders, and agencies for their exceptional contributions to home health care are available through organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association's Home Health Section Awards, Association for Home and Hospice Care HOME Awards, Home Health Care News Future Care Leaders Awards, SeniorAdvisor's Best in Senior Care Awards, Oregon Association for Home Care's Home Care Hero Awards, and Caring.com's Caring Star Awards. Additional opportunities for performance awards based on publicly available data are available through ABILITY and DimensionHealth's HomeCare Elite top agency awards and Strategic Health Planning Best awards.

Award 1: Home Health Section Awards

  • The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) redesigned its Home Health Section Awards program in fall 2016 and presented the new awards for the first time at the Combined Sections Meeting in 2018.
  • The award categories include: the "Emerging Leader in the Home Health Section Award," the "Excellence in Home Health Clinical Practice" award, the "Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award," the "Friends of Home Health Section Award," the "Preceptor Award," and the "President's Award."
  • The "Emerging Leader in the Home Health Section Award" is presented to one physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) who has provided exceptional clinical care early in his or her home health career, overall excellence in accomplishments and contributions to the Home Health Section mission and vision, and to the physical therapy profession.
  • The "Excellence in Home Health Clinical Practice" award recognizes a PT/PTA who provides outstanding clinical practice, improves patient health outcomes and patient safety improvement, and excellence in clinical knowledge in a home health care setting.
  • The "Excellence in Home Health Leadership Award" is provided to a Home Health Section member who outstandingly contributed to the promotion of home health physical therapy practice.
  • Individuals, groups, or organizations that have made an exception contribution to the home health industry and who have served as advocates for physical therapy in the home are acknowledged with the "Friends of the Home Health Section Award."
  • The purpose of the "Preceptor Award" is to recognize individuals that have been nominated by their agency to serve as a preceptor due to their high standards and outstanding clinical skills, ability to train newly hired staff, and foster talented home care clinicians with their teaching.
  • Lastly, the "President's Award" is awarded to a Home Health Section member who has provided notable service
  • Submissions for nomination forms for the awards are due by November 1 of each year (the source linked provides the submission form URL).
  • Home Health Section historical award winners, from 1997 to 2017, can be found here.

Award 2: Home Health Care News (HHCN) Future Leaders Awards

  • The HHCN Future Leaders Awards recognize the next generation of individuals who are leaders in their contributions to various health care settings, including home care.
  • Nominations may be submitted by individuals themselves or on the behalf of someone else and must meet the minimum requirements, which include: no less than 5 years' professional experience, at least one professional recommendation, and a description of the individual's entry into the industry and why they chose that career.
  • Nominations require a $400 entry fee.
  • Nomination submissions opened on May 31, 2019 and closed on July 31, 2019.
  • Winners of the Awards will be announced on September 18, 2019.
  • Further submission details can be found on the following page.

Award 3: SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Senior Living

  • The 2020 Best of Home Care awards will recognize leading home care agencies or organizations that have a 4.5 star rating or above and 5 new reviews on SeniorAdvisor.com during the award period.
  • The award period of consideration runs from November 17, 2018 to October 18, 2019.
  • To be considered for the award, organizations must meet the following requirements: maintain an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars, received 4 or more reviews in 2018, and offer assisted living, in-home care, independent living, skilled nursing or Memory care in the United States or Canada.
  • The full list of SeniorAdvisor's Best in Senior Care winners can be found here.

Award 4: HomeCare Elite Awards

  • The HomeCare Elite Awards are awarded to agencies that lead across five domains of performance, based on data from Home Health Compare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Cost Reports.
  • The five domains of performance include: quality of care, quality improvement and consistency, patient experience (HHCAHPS), best practices implementation, and financial performance based on CMS Cost Reports data.
  • Scores across the five domains are synthesized into one overall score and compares organizations across other agencies and organizations within and across regions and at the national-level.
  • The performance award provided by HomeCare is the only performance recognition indicator of its kind in the home health profession.
  • The top 25 percent, 100, and 500 agencies are ranked by score and awarded at their respective levels.
  • Past winners of the awards, from 2017 and beyond, can be found here.

Award 5: Strategic Health Planning (SHP) Best

  • The SHP Best award program was established as a means to recognize home health agencies that consistently provide the highest-quality clinical care and service to their patients.
  • For consideration, all agencies must be eligible HHCAHPS clients and have submitted at least 40 completed HHCAHPS surveys during the calendar year for nomination.
  • There are three possible awards for recipients: "Best-of-the-Best," which is awarded to the agency with the top overall score in the SHP database; the "Premier Performer" award for the top 5% performing providers; and the "Superior Performer" award for providers in the top 20% for performance scores.
  • The parameters for the awards are January - December 2018.
  • 2018 recipients for SHP's Best awards can be found here.

Award 6: Oregon Association for Home Care's (OAHC) Home Care Hero Awards

  • The OAHC Home Care Hero Awards presents awards in 11 categories to recognize leaders in home care: the Hope Runnel's Award, the President's Award, Nurse of the Year, Therapist of the Year, Support Staff of the Year, Physician of the Year, Chaplain of the Year, MSW of the Year, Home Health Aide of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Hospice Coordinator of the Year.
  • The awards are intended to recognize the exemplary direct service provided by registered nurses, therapists, support staff, physicians, chaplains, social workers, home health aides, volunteers, and hospice coordinators.
  • The leadership recognition awards (the Hope Runnel's Award, the President's Award, and Legislative Award) are provided to OAHC members who provide outstanding contributions to home health care and to the OAHC, are prime advocates for home health patients, and who might have contributed to legislative changes as a result of their advocacy.
  • Nominations for the 2019 Hope Runnel's and Home Care Employee of the Year awards will be opened on December 2019.
  • There is no submission link for Call for Nominations available yet, as the nomination period has not yet opened.
  • 2018 and 2017 award winners can be found on the following page.

Award 7: Caring.com's Caring Star Awards

  • The Caring Star Awards recognize excellence in senior living and home care agencies.
  • These top-rated home care agencies are recognized and awarded based on consumer reviews through Caring.com.
  • The qualification deadline for 2019's Caring Star Awards was set for October 15, 2018.
  • A submission form is not available, since the award is presented to in-home agencies that receive high (4.5-star and above) ratings across at least ten consumer reviews on the Caring.com site through October 15, 2018.
  • 2019 Caring Star Award recipients can be found here.

Award 8: Association for Home and Hospice Care (AHHC) HOME Awards

  • AHHC presents six awards on an annual basis at the organization's Annual Convention and Expo to recognize leaders in home and hospice care settings.
  • The awards include: the Sherry Leigh Thomas Nurse of the Year, the Leslie Carswell Leadership Award, the Administrative Support Person of the Year, the Family Caregiver of the Year, the Paraprofessional of the Year, and the Physician of the Year.
  • The Sherry Leigh Thomas Nurse of the Year award recognizes a registered nurse (RN) with at least 3 years of professional experience in home care, home health, or hospice who demonstrates clinical excellence and has the "heart of a teacher."
  • The Leslie Carswell Leadership Award is presented to individuals in upper-level management (i.e., an administrator, director, clinical manager, or other senior leader) who demonstrates a commitment to professional growth, to their community, and to job performance and has at least three years' experience in home care, home health, or hospice.
  • The Administrative Support Person of the Year award recognizes exceptional job performance in individuals in administrative positions with at least 1 year of experience in the home health or hospice care space.
  • The Family Caregiver of the Year is awarded to non-paid friend or family caregivers who demonstrate excellence in promoting patient safety and quality of care and overall quality of life including comfort, safety, and independence.
  • The Paraprofessional of the Year is awarded to paraprofessionals (e.g., Habilitation Technician, COTA, PTA, LPN, Pharmacy Technician, DME Equipment Technician) with at least one year of experience in home health or hospice care and who demonstrate excellence in their job performance.
  • The Physician of the Year award recognizes North Carolina-based physicians who demonstrate a commitment to the cause of allowing patients to receive health care in their homes.
  • Past recipients of the awards can be found here.
  • Deadline for all awards' submissions was set for March 15, 2019.
  • The winners were announced and presented at the 2019 Convention and Expo, held April 29, 2019.
  • Nominations must be e-mailed in using the online Call for Nominations PDF form available through AHHC's website.

Research Strategy

The preliminary research began with mentions of awards on major home health agency websites, such as Home Care Assistance and Aware Senio Care, to identify what national accolades are reported by such agencies. From there, the list of national home health agency or caregiver awards were searched individually to identify submission details and deadlines. Certain awards, such as those provided to recognize performance based on publicly available data, do not provide submission forms as they are awarded to eligible recipients (e.g., agencies that complete HHCAHPS surveys) based on scoring calculations by third-party organizations. In such cases, it is noted what selection criteria are and what the minimum requirements for consideration are for award receipt.
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