2012 HomeCare Elite Recognizes Top Amedisys Care Teams Nationwide

  2012 HomeCare Elite Recognizes Top Amedisys Care Teams Nationwide

               235 Amedisys Home Health Care Centers recognized

Business Wire

BATON ROUGE, La. -- November 19, 2012

Amedisys, a leading home health care and hospice company (NASDAQ: AMED), today
announced that 235 of its care centers across the country have been named to
the 2012 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health
agencies in the United States compiled annually by OCS Home Care and
DecisionHealth. Now in its seventh year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top
25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies
overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality
outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.

This recognition comes during National Home Care and Hospice Month which is
observed in November each year, raising awareness of the importance of home
health care throughout the country.

“The 2012 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing
patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community.
Their success offers data-driven proof of being well-managed and high quality
care providers to hospitals, managed care organizations, ACOs, and other
potential referral partners across the health care continuum,” said Susan L.
Henricks, president and COO of National Research Corporation, the parent
company of OCS HomeCare. “Again, this year, we updated our methodology to
reflect the rapidly evolving quality-focused health care landscape and
national value-based purchasing trends. We congratulate Amedisys on being one
of the top home care agencies in the country.”

“Our mission is to provide exceptional at-home care to the communities we
serve, and our team of clinical specialists takes great pride in the quality
of care and service they provide,” said Kate Jones, RN, chief clinical officer
of Amedisys Home Health and Hospice. “Making the 2012 HomeCare Elite list is
an honor that recognizes our exceptional care teams and their commitment to
meeting the greatest needs of our patients in the comfort of their own homes.”

The 2012 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the
home health industry. The 2012 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by
OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of homecare information, and
DecisionHealth, publisher of homecare’s most respected independent newsletter
Home Health Line. The data used for this analysis were compiled from publicly
available information. The entire list of the 2011 HomeCare Elite agencies can
be viewed by visiting the OCS HomeCare website at www.ocshomecare.com.

About Amedisys:

Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is a leading health care at home company
delivering personalized home health and hospice care to more than 360,000
patients each year. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best
for our patients, whether that is home-based recovery and rehabilitation after
an operation or injury, care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic
disease, palliative care for those with a terminal illness, or hospice care at
the end of life. The Company's state-of-the-art advanced chronic care
management programs and leading-edge technology enables it to deliver quality
care based upon the latest evidence-based best practices. Amedisys is a
recognized innovator, being one of the first in the industry to equip its
clinicians with point-of-care laptop technology and referring physicians with
an internet portal that enables real-time coordination of patient care
seamlessly. Amedisys also has the industry's first-ever nationwide Care
Transitions program, designed to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions
through patient and caregiver health coaching and care coordination, which
starts in the hospital and continues throughout completion of the patient's
home health plan of care. For more information about the Company, please
visit: http://www.amedisys.com.

About National Research Corporation and OCS HomeCare

OCS HomeCare is a product of National Research Corporation. For more than 30
years, National Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCI) 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.

Currently 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. For more information, call
800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit

About DecisionHealth®

For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the leading source for home
health news, coding tools and resources, and training materials found in
reputable products such as Home Health Line. Our unique blend of award-winning
staff journalists and unmatched access to health care executives and industry
experts enables DecisionHealth to provide solutions, tools, and guidance that
are relied on by nearly 100,000 home health care and specialty physician
practice professionals. For more information, please visit
www.decisionhealth.com or call 877-602-3835.


Amedisys, Inc.
Kendra Kimmons, 225-299-3720
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