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Alternative Home Health, Now Part of VNS of Wheeling Hospital-Belmont, Named in Top 500 in U.S.

November 22, 2019

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH – Alternative Home Health in St. Clairsville, which was acquired by Wheeling Hospital earlier this year, has been selected by HomeCare Elite as one of the top 500 home health agencies in the U.S.

The agency is now part of the Visiting Nurse Services (VNS) of Wheeling Hospital-Belmont, serving all of Belmont County and parts of Harrison, Jefferson and Monroe counties. The wide variety of services provided by VNS can assist many with day-to-day health care and therapy needs.

Sheila Smith, director of VNS of Wheeling Hospital-Belmont, said Alternative Home Health and VNS are a great fit, with both committed to the quality services recognized by HomeCare Elite.

Data from Home Health Compare and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is used to create the HomeCare Elite list of agencies. Five domains of performance were cumulatively analyzed: quality of care, quality of improvement and consistency, patient experience, best practices implementation and financial performance.

The quality of care, best practices implementation and patient experience measure agency performance in each of the publicly available Home Health Compare measures. The quality improvement index is based on changes in the nine outcomes released in July 2018 and July 2019. The quality consistency score represents performance relative to the state norm in the quality measures over the past five years. And the financial performance measure is based on Medicare profit margin for freestanding agencies from the 2018 CMS Cost Reports.

“If you’re homebound and require medical care, we provide highly skilled professionals to meet your needs,” Smith said. “Our experienced staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, therapists, social workers and home health aides.”

Services provided include:
• Skilled nursing
• Physical therapy
• Occupational therapy
• Speech therapy
• Medical social services
• Home health aides

The staff can help determine the extent of a patient’s insurance coverage. Services covered by insurance will be billed directly to the insurance company. The cost of services may be covered totally or in part by Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance plans.

To obtain VNS services, you must:
• Be under a physician’s care.
• Be referred by a physician.
• Have a face-to-face visit with your physician if you have Medicare, Ohio Medicaid or certain commercial insurances.
• Be homebound.
• Require the skills of an RN, physical therapist or speech therapist.
• Require only intermittent care. Do not cover 24-hour care/supervision.
• Live within the service area.

With a phone call from their physician’s office, patients can begin receiving care at home. The medical staff makes visits from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and an RN is on call after hours for emergencies.

VNS of Wheeling Hospital-Belmont is hospital-based, nonprofit, Medicare certified and Joint Commission accredited. It is a member of the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice. For more information, call 740-699-7000.

In West Virginia, VNS of Wheeling Hospital serves all of Ohio, Marshal and Brooke counties. That office is located in Wheeling Clinic, 16th Street. The director is Paula Singer. For more information, call 304-243-4663.

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