Travis Messina, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Advantages for All: Why Contessa Partners with Medicare Advantage Plans

At Contessa, we strive to improve the healthcare process for patients, providers and payers. At the core of this concept is our managed care strategy, which is Contessa’s unique ability to partner with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to provide home-based clinical services through risk-based arrangements. Our high-touch models rely on a triad of telehealth, in-home clinical visits and other remote patient-monitoring services that enable patients to have better outcomes at lower costs. All of that makes partnering with payers who base their contracts on value – like most MA plans – a no-brainer for us.  Our hospital care at home…

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How Hospital Care at Home Supports Rural Healthcare

Over the last several decades, a combination of factors has left America’s small towns with fewer hospitals, clinics and doctors. All of these have harmed the patient experience, with long journeys to receive care becoming an unfortunate hallmark of small-town life. Through a combination of dedicated health systems, willing payers and up-to-date regulation, however, we can revitalize rural healthcare. And the main mechanism for doing so is through home hospital care models, like Contessa’s.

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The Future of Hospital Care at Home, With or Without CMS Waivers

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) introduced its Hospitals Without Walls program in March 2020, health systems could finally provide acute care services beyond their walls, in locations like patient homes, and be properly reimbursed for it. The pandemic created a clear need and demand for these services, and the program became an undisputed win, albeit a temporary one, for providers seeking to offer alternative sites of care.

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Risky Business: Why Contessa Takes on Risk to Treat Patients at Home

No risk, no reward. Find out why Contessa’s financial model assumes risk, benefitting our patients, provider partners and payer affiliates.

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Reflecting on a Year of Growth: Four Reasons to Celebrate

The world awoke to the need of hospital-level care at home last year, making 2020 a watershed moment for Contessa. But, in terms of achieving our goal for expanding access to the unique and much-needed care model we offer, 2021 has proven to be even more significant.

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Build or Buy? Three Things to Consider Before Starting a Hospital at Home Program

When integrating a home hospital care program at an existing health system, is it necessary to recreate the wheel and build your own from scratch? Contessa CEO Travis Messina explains.

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Hospitals Without Walls Waivers are Working. Let’s Make Them Permanent.

For years, healthcare slowly marched into the future. Telehealth and alternative sites of care steadily gained acceptance and improved experiences, outcomes, and bottom lines, but failed to break into the mainstream. That changed in 2020 and the march became a sprint.

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Exploring the Many Possibilities of Hospital Care at Home

We’ve learned a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve learned that our doctors and nurses really are heroes, putting their lives on the line to serve their communities. We’ve learned just how far apart six feet of social distance can make us feel. We’ve learned the power of science, with life-saving vaccines produced in record time. But perhaps what we’re most certain of is that we can’t be certain about anything. It’s impossible to know what’s around every corner. And while we can’t realistically be prepared for every scenario that may happen in healthcare, we can be adaptable and scalable,…

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Slowing Down to Speed Up: 5 Things We Learned in 2020

Let’s face it: 2020 was a challenging year. Here are five things we learned as an innovative healthcare business in the face of great difficulty and opportunity.

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Contessa Applauds CMS For Its Home Hospital Care Decision

We applaud CMS for its decision to help healthcare providers more easily expand the delivery of hospital-level care beyond its traditional setting. Given the tremendous strain COVID-19 is putting on our healthcare system, access to home hospital care has never been more important.

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