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