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United Home Health Services, Inc. (UHHS) has named Dr. Lisa O’Neil as its new medical director.

January 27, 2015

“We are pleased that Dr. O’Neil has decided to join our agency. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. Her fresh perspective will be helpful as we focus on making our certified care available to even more patients, all while maintaining the excellence that we are known for,” commented UHHS Administrator, Mike Hall.

“Dr. O’Neil is a wonderful advocate for her patients. Collectively, our focus will continue to be on quality patient outcomes and the delivery of exceptional home care”, he said.

O’Neil is an Internal Medicine physician on staff at Garden City Hospital, Botsford, and St. Mary’s of Livonia. She has been in practice since 2002 at Primary Care Specialists in Westland. She specializes in caring for adult patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. This will be her first time serving in the capacity of a medical director.

“I am excited to do something different, and to support a great agency like United Home Health Services”, she said. “I realize the importance of Home Care within the continuum of care. The need for quality health care in the home is only going to increase in the future. I want to work with UHHS to grow and expand their reach and expertise, in order to continue to provide excellent care.”

O’Neil takes over from Dr. Judith Edge who served for several years as medical director. Edge is pursuing other interests at this time.

United Home Health Services, Inc. (UHHS) is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified home care agency that has been providing skilled nursing, therapy, home health aide, and social work services in the comfort of home for over 30 years.

It also provides caregiver and companion services for seniors through the private duty division. Its headquarters are located in Canton, but the service area extends throughout the greater Southeast Michigan area. UHHS was recently awarded the HomeCare Elite status for 2014, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

For more information, go online to www.uhhs.org or call United Home Health Services at 734-981-8820.

UHHS Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

UHHS Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, Canton, MI, November 17, 2014

United Home Health Services, Ince. (UHHS) today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line.

“The 2014 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” said Mary Oakes, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute at National Research. “We congratulate United Home Health Services, UHHS on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

Michael Hall, UHHS Administrator, credits a relentless focus on delivering quality care and exceeding patient expectations with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. We have always delivered exceptional care, while focusing on quality results" said Michael Hall, Administrator. “We are very proud of this achievement.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health.

The entire list of 2014 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the National Research Corporation website at www.nationalresearch.com/homecareelite.

About United Home Health Services, UHHS
United Home Health Services, Inc. (UHHS) creates the opportunity for a dignified recovery while delivering services that enhance your or your loved one’s quality of life. UHHS is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified home health care agency, and providing exceptional nursing and therapy services since 1983.

The integrated, interdisciplinary team approach assures that patients receive individualized care, tailored specifically to meet the need. The compassionate, caring staff integrates a holistic philosophy in their care thus treating each patient as a whole person, with the utmost respect and sensitivity.

The staff at UHHS not only addresses physical concerns, but also gives careful attention to the emotional, psychological, social, economic and spiritual needs of their patients.They are committed to excellence. UHHS consistently exceeds industry standards in quality and outcomes. For over 30 years, United Home Health Services has been delivering exceptional care.

About National Research Corporation
For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.nationalresearch.com.

About DecisionHealth®
For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.

Re-focus on Healthy Habits and "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right"

National Nutrition Month® (NNM) is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Every March since 1973, the Academy, registered dietitian nutritionists, and dietetic technicians take extra time to communicate healthful eating messages to all Americans.

Guest post by Karen Sandusky, RDN

It is fitting that March is nutrition month. It’s the “doorway” month into spring – assuming that spring is coming this year! Winter holiday celebrations are over and New Year’s resolutions need tweaking. It’s time to return to the basics of making healthful food choices and physical activity part of our daily routine. You’re already doing that? Great… bring it up a notch!

The NNM theme this year is, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” We know through consumer research that taste is the main reason we purchase one food over another. Makes sense right? The foods we enjoy are likely the ones that we eat most often. This year’s message encourages combining taste AND nutrition to create healthy meals for the whole family.

Here are some tasty AND nutritious ideas to get you started:

CHERRIES – Fresh or dried, cherries are a great choice. So yummy and rich in fiber and vitamin C, they are associated with heart health and reduced risk of cancer. Cherries are also rich in melatonin which may help with sleep.
PEPPERS – For a low calorie and flavorful snack, munch on a pepper just as you would an apple. Half of a large pepper provides a full day’s worth of vitamin C!
OATMEAL – A good source of soluble fiber, which is the kind of fiber that lowers your cholesterol. For a fun breakfast or brunch, serve oatmeal with a variety of healthy toppings such as nuts, cranberries, raisins, bananas, apples, low fat granola, cinnamon and nutmeg.

For more helpful and healthful nutrition information, please visit:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
MyPlate

Healthy regards!

February is American Heart Month

28 Days to a Healthier Heart

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s enough time to achieve some big improvements in your heart health. Now is the perfect time to get started on a new, heart-healthy game plan. Think about making one small change each week to lower sodium, get active, quit smoking, and control blood pressure to boost your heart health this month.

Halt the Salt
Most American adults (and children too) are eating too much sodium. In fact, we are eating about 3,400 mg of sodium a day. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend reducing sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg per day. Eating too much sodium increases your risk for high blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease and stroke.

Week 1
Read Nutrition Facts Labels. Processed foods account for most of the sodium in our diet, not the salt shaker at home. When shopping at the grocery store, look for the lowest sodium options of your favorite foods. You’ll be surprised to see how the amount of sodium can vary in the same foods depending on the brand. http://www.cdc.gov/salt/pdfs/Sodium_Tip_Sheet.pdf

Week 2
Eat more servings of fruits and vegetables a day to ward off heart disease. A diet rich in fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables can help lower sodium. If you’re not sure how many servings you should be eating, visit the Fruit and Vegetable Calculator. Here you can calculate your fruit and vegetable recommendations based on your calorie needs for your age, sex, and activity level.

Week 3
Eat out less, cook more at home. One restaurant meal can easily add up to more than a day’s worth of sodium. Try making some of your favorite dishes with lower sodium ingredients at home. If a recipe calls for salt, use half the amount. You can also experiment with fresh herbs like cumin, basil, rosemary and cilantro to wake up your palette and enhance the taste of your food. To get you started on some heart-healthy recipes, check out the DASH eating plan. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/index.htm

Week 4
Eat less of the Saltiest Top 10 Foods. Knowing the foods that contribute the most sodium in today’s diet can help you make wiser, healthier choices. Here are the common foods that can lead to sodium overload: bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, poultry, soups, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, meat dishes and snacks. http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/Sodium/index.html

Get Moving
Regular physical activity is a must for having a healthy heart. Commit to exercising 5 times per week or 150 minutes per week. Schedule your workout days on your calendar and treat them like an important appointment you can’t miss. In addition to helping your heart, exercise will give you more energy and reduce stress.

Week 1
Aim for 30 minutes. Moderate-intensity exercise for 2 hours and 30 minutes every week is a great way to lower your risk of heart disease. You can even try breaking up your workout into 10-minute intervals throughout your day. If you don’t want to go to the gym, try taking a brisk walk around your neighborhood or at your local mall to kick off your new fitness habit.

Week 2
Build Muscle. Pumping iron can help your body’s most important muscle—your heart. You can begin slowly, increasing the weight and repetitions as you progress. Adding resistance training to your workout has other benefits too, including increased bone density, coordination, and keeping a healthy weight. Here’s a sample workout to get you started: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.html#Musclestrengthening.

Week 3
Take a class. Try salsa dancing, yoga, Pilates, or kick-boxing to add variety to your fitness routine. It’s a great way to try something new and keep your body moving. Take a friend with you and have fun exploring new activities.

Week 4
Go High-tech. Try one of the many fitness apps available on your smart phone to help reach your fitness goals. Think of it as a personal trainer in your phone ready 24/7 to give you training tips and motivation when you need it. Many of these apps are free and can log your workout progress.

Kick Butt
Tobacco is still the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. So now is the time to quit for good.

Week 1
Change your routine. Do things and go places where smoking isn’t allowed. Visit libraries, museums, or even a department store. If you try to be near non-smokers it will help in your resolve to kick the habit.

Week 2
Talk to your health care provider. Your doctor can help if you’re considering using medication to help you stop smoking. There are prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that can help reduce your cravings and withdrawal symptoms so you can focus on changing the behavior and habits that trigger your urge to smoke.

Week 3
Let others help. Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you’re going to quit and you need their support. Sign up for individual, group, or telephone counseling. Studies have shown that you have a better chance of being successful if you have help. Free telephone counseling is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Week 4
Don’t give up. Don’t let previous attempts to quit sabotage you now. Think about your past attempts to quit—what worked and what didn’t. Keep trying to quit methods until you find what works for you. Find more resources to help here http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco.

Know Your Blood Pressure
Lowering your blood pressure or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Nearly 1 in 3 adults (about 67 million) has high blood pressure and more than half of them don’t have it under control.

Week 1
Check it. It’s important to know your numbers and what they mean. A normal reading is under 120 systolic (top number) and under 80 diastolic (bottom number). Track your blood pressure and discuss your readings with your doctor, pharmacist or other health care provider.

Week 2
Take prescribed medicines. Remember to take blood pressure medications daily and follow the directions on the bottle. Use notes, pillboxes, and other reminders to take your medication. It’s important to get refills one week before your prescription runs out. http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/resources/teamuppressuredown.html#Patients

Week 3
Limit Alcohol. In addition to raising blood pressure, too much alcohol can add unneeded calories to your diet. If you drink alcoholic beverages, have only a moderate amount – one drink a day for women, two drinks a day for men. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/hbp_low/hbp_low.pdf

Week 4
Take time to relax. We live in a fast-paced hectic world that’s often stressful. Coping with stress by turning to excessive alcohol or smoking can raise the risk for high blood pressure. Instead, take some time daily to meditate. Sit quietly for 10-15 minutes, take slow, deep breaths and think peaceful thoughts.

Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Pledge to be One in a MILLION HEARTS!

Million Hearts™ is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years. Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. Launched in September 2011 by the Department of Health and Human Services and co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Million Hearts™ initiative brings together public and private partners to prevent heart disease and stroke.

The Million Hearts™ initiative seeks to:

  • Empower Americans to make healthy choices such as avoiding tobacco use and reducing the amount of sodium and trans fat they eat. These changes will reduce the number of people who need medical treatment for high blood pressure or cholesterol—and ultimately prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • Improve care for people who do need treatment by encouraging a focus on the "ABCS"—Aspirin for people at risk, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation—four steps to address the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years will require the work and commitment to change from all of us. Each of us can take steps to ensure we reach this goal. Be one in a Million Hearts™ by pledging to get involved and see how your actions can make a positive difference. Take the pledge today at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov.