FHP Home Health agency scores top in nation

(From left), front row: Elvira Serrano, coordinator; Carmencita Atalig, registered nurse; Celeste Punzalan-Almira, registered nurse; Jackelyn Erne, biller; Percival Jamer, RN, manager; Wendy Pacia, intake specialist; and Elizabeth Ponce Ricon, MA, coordinator. Back row: Allen Paule Rara, physical therapist; Norhea Cando, registered nurse; Irene Fejeran, certified aide; Erickson Gascon, physical therapist; and Rovilmina Pickop, registered nurse. Not pictured, Dr. Wendy Frickel, medical director. (Photo courtesy of FHP Health Center).

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently completed its audit of FHP Health Center’s Home Health agency and awarded it a star rating score of 4.5 for quality patient care.

This score means FHP Home Health performed better than other national agencies on care practices and patient outcomes. FHP Home Health is among the top 12.5% of home health agencies nationwide.  Across the country, most agencies fall in the middle with 3 or 3.5 stars.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services highly ranked FHP Home Health in the areas of nursing care, physical therapy, and home health aides.

FHP Home Health, a Medicare-certified agency since 2005, provides patients the option to receive medical care at home as recommended by a doctor.

“This is a timely recognition as we celebrate Home Health and Hospice Month in November,” said Rose Grino, RN, FHP Health Center administrator. “Our Home Health team provides safe, quality and skilled services to patients in their homes.”

FHP Home Health providers are a team of compassionate professionals including registered nurses, a licensed practical nurse, home health aide, respiratory therapists, physical therapist, and social workers.

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice states: “During the month of November, the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the nation.

To recognize their efforts, we call upon all Americans to commemorate the power of caring, both at the home and in their local communities.”