Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Earns 4-Star Rating

LAVNS Executive Director Georgina Mesibov, center, with her staff and United Way Executive Director Kristy Orgtega, right. Courtesy/UWNNM

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

As of July 16, the Centers for Medicare Services updates Home Health Compare with 5-Star Rating system to give consumers the opportunity to see how agencies performed against each other.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service received four out of five stars, which places them above both the New Mexico and national averages in comparison to other agencies.

“I was not surprised by the four-star rating, I would expect nothing less. We have an exceptional staff that is dedicated to serving patients and their families; we are the first choice for doctors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties,” LAVNS Executive Director Georgina Mesibov said.

CMS uses nine of of the 29 quality measures reported on Home Health Compare to assess the quality of patient care, including management of daily activities, pain symptoms, wounds and wound prevention and unplanned hospital admissions just to name a few.

The five star rating system is not to be confused with the ratings of hotels and restaurants. One half of all the agencies measured scored 3 or 3.5 stars which does not imply that they are providing “average” care. 15 percent earned four starts. The agencies are ranked lowest to highest so agencies will be stacked and those below others still provide quality care.

Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service is a non-profit home care and hospice agency that has been serving residents of Los Alamos County and parts of Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties for more than 40 years.

“We provide skilled nursing for wound care, physical therapies, surgery aftercare, medical equipment loans, infant/child health, medication, pain management and bereavement services,” Mesibov said. Most home health care and hospice services are covered by Medicare, private insurance, Medicaid and Department of Labor. We also are proud to provide Life-Line© medical alert.”

For homecare or hospice needs, call 505.662.2525 or visit www.lavns.com.

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