Health Care Reform A Promising Work In Progress

  Health Care Reform A Promising Work In Progress

Experts at Amedisys Champion Bundles and ACOs As Steps In The Right Direction

Business Wire

BATON ROUGE, La. -- July 25, 2013

Health care reform is hardly perfect, but that’s okay. So conclude two leading
authorities on health care delivered at home, Dr. Michael Fleming and Julie
Lewis, respectively chief medical officer and vice president of research and
development at Amedisys Home Health and Hospice Care.

The statement about health care reform, posted at Amedisys.com
(http://www.amedisys.com/our-company/health-care-at-home-blog/july-2013/health-care-reform-isn-t-perfect----and-that-s-ok)
came on the heels of two different but related news announcements about health
care reform. An article published in The New England Journal of Medicine
warned that The Bundled Payment for Care program, though promoting efficiency,
may also lead to skimping on care. In addition, the CMS Pioneer ACO program
disclosed the loss of nine of its participants.

Yet the bundled approach represents a major step forward, Fleming and Lewis
contend. At the very least it unites providers in the signature cause of
delivering higher quality care at lower cost (Amedisys is a participant in the
initiative).

Likewise, the CMS Pioneer ACO program is producing positive results, they
point out. Of the 32 pioneer ACOs, 25 generated lower-than-average readmission
rates for Medicare beneficiaries – again, the result of providers sharing a
goal and joining forces for a common good.

“Change is imperative,” Fleming and Lewis declare. For the moment, then,
imperfect is acceptable. Any ambitious innovation takes time to work out the
kinks.

America will move forward, they say, only if we test new models. “We want to
uncover the formula for delivering the best care outcomes for a cost that is
sustainable for our country.”

About Amedisys

Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is a leading health care at home company
delivering personalized home health and hospice care to approximately 380,000
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. 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.

Contact:

Amedisys, Inc.
Jacqueline Chen, 225-299-3688
Marketing & Communications
jacqueline.chen@amedisys.com