Increasing Health Care at Home Integral to Success of the Affordable Care Act

  Increasing Health Care at Home Integral to Success of the Affordable Care
  Act

   Amedisys, National Leader in Post-acute Care, Calls For Six Key Reforms

Business Wire

BATON ROUGE, La. -- January 22, 2014

If the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to deliver on its promises, especially in
properly coordinating care for the fast-growing population of chronically ill
Americans, then delivering health care right to our own homes is increasingly
essential.

So states The Growing Case for Health Care at Home: A Six-Point Blueprint for
True Systemic Reform, a white paper now available from Amedisys, a leading
health care at home company. Amedisys partners with 2,200 hospitals and 61,900
physicians nationwide to look after some 300,000 patients across 37 states at
home.

Yet when it comes to improving patient outcomes and lowering costs, healthcare
at home remains “little recognized, seldom appreciated and largely
misunderstood,” the paper points out. The ACA, on the other hand, has clearly
sought to establish more of a role for healthcare at home, whether through its
Independence At Home Demonstration initiative or its emphasis on lowering
hospital readmission rates and operating patient-centered medical homes.

Among the paper’s highlights:

  *Six basic principles for ensuring proper health care at home – why, for
    example, patients with chronic diseases, particularly the frail elderly,
    are best cared for at home.
  *A short history of health care at home – already about 1 in every 25
    Americans, an estimated 12 million in all, currently receive health care
    at home.
  *The outlook for health care at home – with Americans living longer than
    ever before, and a higher percentage of the U.S. population now over age
    65, demand for healthcare at home is destined to keep growing fast.
  *A six-point plan for reforming the delivery of health care at home – such
    as better educating providers, leveraging emerging technology, and
    transforming the model of payment to a value-based system.

“This special report is a call to all parties concerned – healthcare
professionals, policymakers, legislators, scholars and the general public --
to recognize the clinical and economic value of home health services,” says
Michael Fleming, MD, FAAFP and chief medical officer for Amedisys Inc. “We’re
delivering the message that the time has come to bring health care home.”

To download The Growing Case for Health Care at Home: A Six-Point Blueprint
for True Systemic Reform, click here.

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