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2013 HomeCare Elite Recognizes Top Amedisys Care Teams Nationwide



  2013 HomeCare Elite Recognizes Top Amedisys Care Teams Nationwide

               155 Amedisys Home Health Care Centers recognized

Business Wire

BATON ROUGE, La. -- December 18, 2013

Amedisys, a leading healthcare at home company (NASDAQ: AMED), today announced
that 155 of its care centers across the country have been named to the 2013
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 eighth 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 publicly available performance measures
in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient
experience (Home Health CAHPS^®), quality improvement and consistency, and
financial performance.

“The 2013 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing
patient-centered care and serving as leaders in the home health community.
Their success is a tribute that managing healthcare data and utilizing it for
improvement initiatives lead to high quality care, and we recognize them for
their outstanding achievements,” said Mary Oakes, senior vice president of
post-acute at National Research. “We congratulate  Amedisys on being
recognized as a top home care agency.”

“Our mission is to provide exceptional, patient-centered care in 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,
Amedisys chief clinical officer. “Making the 2013 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 award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the
leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth,
publisher of independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health
Line.

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. The shift from
fee-for-service to pay-for-performance payment models is reshaping the
healthcare profession. And home health is proving to be an integral part of
the continuum. In the face of value-based purchasing and care delivery model
changes, the metrics that make up HomeCare Elite methodology shine an
accountable light on an industry that may be the lynch pin to achieving
affordable care at home,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute
care business group of DecisionHealth.

The entire list of 2013 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting
the National Research Corporation website at
www.nationalresearch.com/homecareelite.

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. More than 2,200 hospitals and 61,900 physicians nationwide
have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care. 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 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

For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and
NRCIB) 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.

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.

National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information,
call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit
www.nationalresearch.com.

About DecisionHealth^®

For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s
leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle
performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn
to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions,
and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services.
DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and
OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and
provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its
DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call
1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.

Contact:

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