Amedisys Chief Medical Officer, Michael Fleming, MD, FAAFP, Agrees Reforms Are Necessary to Ensure That Older Americans Get the

  Amedisys Chief Medical Officer, Michael Fleming, MD, FAAFP, Agrees Reforms
  Are Necessary to Ensure That Older Americans Get the Home Support They Need
  and Medicare Gets Value

Business Wire

BATON ROUGE, La. -- October 4, 2013

Michael Fleming, MD, FAAFP and chief medical officer for Amedisys
Inc.(NASDAQ: AMED), a national leader in healthcare at home, responded today
to the recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, “The
Future of the Medicare Home Health Program,” authored by Steven Landers, MD.

The article highlights opportunities for improving the value of home
healthcare through better aligning payment with value; starting post-acute
home health in the hospital; enhancing clinician oversight of home health;
increasing the targeting of fraud; and expanding the use of digital and mobile
technology.

Amedisys agrees with the comments Dr. Landers made on proving the value of
home health and its critical role in improving the healthcare system in
America
(http://www.amedisys.com/our-company/blog/october-2013/viewpoint-on-home-health-benefit-strikes-chord).

“I applaud Dr. Landers, not only for his assessment that the Affordable Care
Act offers opportunities for improving the value of home healthcare, but that
further reforms are necessary to ensure that older Americans get the home
support they need and Medicare gets value,” stated Fleming.

“The value of home healthcare is little recognized and largely misunderstood.
Many have overlooked the advantages it represents for millions of Americans,
especially the elderly, chronically ill population. I believe the leaders in
our industry, Amedisys included, must begin to support objective research into
the program’s efficacy and areas for improvement. Only then will we be able to
prove the value of the skilled care we provide in the home each day,” Fleming
concluded.

About Amedisys:

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

Contact:

Amedisys, Inc.
Kendra Kimmons, 225-299-3720
Marketing & Communications
kendra.kimmons@amedisys.com
 
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