LAFAYETTE, La., Oct. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq:LHCG), a national provider of post-acute care services, today announced that nearly 60 percent of its home health agencies have been rated among the nation's best in a new ranking released this week. In total, 134 LHC Group home health agencies from 63 providers are ranked among the 2012 "HomeCare Elite," an independent rating of home health quality and performance. The HomeCare Elite listing, compiled annually by OCS HomeCare and DecisionHealth, names the top 25 percent of home health agencies in the United States. "At LHC Group, our 8,000 employees are united by a shared purpose. In everything we do, it's all about helping people," said Keith G. Myers, LHC Group's chairman and chief executive officer. "HomeCare Elite recognition bears out what our tens of thousands of patients already know. All across the country and in every community we're privileged to serve, our home health professionals are delivering superior, compassionate health care that ranks among the nation's best." The number of LHC Group agencies earning HomeCare Elite recognition continues to increase each year. The 2012 number of 63 providers is up from 49 providers in 2011 and 44 providers in 2010. "HomeCare Elite recognition is significant for what it represents," said Don Stelly, a registered nurse and LHC Group's president and chief operating officer. "This independent, objective rating is based on the quality of care we provide to our patients and the efficiency with which we operate our agencies. It is proof positive that our industry-leading model of partnership – with patients, families, physicians and hospitals – is raising the bar of excellence for health care at home." LHC Group is a national leader in post-acute care partnerships with hospitals, seamlessly transitioning patients from the hospital to home and helping hospitals reduce avoidable readmissions. LHC Group is also the only national home health provider committed to 100 percent Joint Commission accreditation.