Katie Lawson

Providers push for payment parity for hospital-at-home programs

Modern Healthcare, February 22, 2022 The results for hospital-at-home programs have thus far been promising. While many believe that moving more acute care into people’s homes can lower healthcare costs and help patients recover quicker, the ventures’ success hinges upon billing and reimbursement strategies, observers said. Click here to read the full article.

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Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Collaborates with Contessa to Bring Hospital-Level Care into Patients’ Homes

Home Recovery Care gives patients the choice to receive hospital care at home, lowering costs, improving patient outcomes and easing capacity strain on hospitals TACOMA, Wash. and NASHVILLE, Tenn. – February 23, 2022 – Virginia Mason Franciscan Health announced a new collaboration with Contessa, an Amedisys company (NASDAQ: AMED), to operate Home Recovery Care. Home Recovery Care brings all the essential elements of hospital care into the comfort and convenience of patients’ homes, offering a safe and effective alternative to the traditional inpatient stay. The service will expand access to high-acuity care, increase crucial inpatient capacity and reduce the overall…

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Newsmakers: Travis Messina, CEO, Contessa

McKnights Home Care, February 10, 2022 It’s still the very early days of hospital-at-home, Travis Messina, CEO and founder of Contessa, told Liza Berger, editor of McKnight’s Home Care. It’s the “top of the first inning,” he said during the Home Care 100 Leadership Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Contessa is operating in eight of Amedisys’ markets and aims to be in 15 by the end of 2022, he said. Click here to listen to the full interview.

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Gundersen Home Hospital expands to more patients

Gundersen Home Hospital Brings Hospital-Level Care into Patients’ Homes, Decreasing Unnecessary Hospital Stays and Improving Patient Outcomes  LaCrosse, WISC. – January 26, 2022. – When Cliff Johnson had trouble breathing, his wife took him to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital. The nearly 80-year-old lives with claustrophobia and was fearing nights alone in a hospital room. That’s when he was approached about Gundersen Home Hospital. He eagerly enrolled into the program.  “I was sent home at 4:30 pm. That night, I received an oxygen system with six tanks. A nurse came out with a kit that included a pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff,…

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Position Spotlight: Project Management Analyst

Taylor Flynn is originally from Flint, Michigan and has been a Nashville resident for just over two years. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Michigan and her Master of Public Health from Michigan State University. When she’s not working, Taylor enjoys movies, reading fiction novels, hanging with her dog and travelling. Fun fact: she traveled to Egypt on a solo vacation in 2019.  What does a Project Management Analyst do at Contessa? My role is responsible for assisting with implementing Contessa care models with new joint ventures. I also help our current joint ventures with…

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Amedisys’ Contessa Deal Opening Doors to New M&A, JV Opportunities

Hospice News, January 15, 2022 The acquisition of Contessa Health by Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) is opening new lines of communication with hospitals and health systems that could fuel further expansion by the home health and hospice provider. Amedisys purchased Contessa in June 2021 for a total consideration of $250 million. Contessa Health is a Tennessee-based company that provides hospital-at-home and skilled nursing-at-home services. Amedisys purchased the company in conjunction with efforts to expand their range of high-acuity services. Click here to read the full article.

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9 people to watch in Nashville business in 2022

Nashville Business Journal, January 14, 2021 If 2021 taught us anything, it’s that it will take more than Covid to derail Nashville’s growth. Here are nine business leaders we plan on watching this year for an indication of how Nashville is navigating these uncertain times. They include a longtime Nashville homebuilder, a nonprofit chief focused on homelessness and a pair of advocates for diversifying the region’s tech workforce. Click here to read the full article.

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“I got the same results I would have if I was in the hospital, but I was home.”

When Cliff had trouble breathing, his wife took him to Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. The nearly 80-year-old lives with claustrophobia and was fearing nights alone in a hospital room. That’s when he was approached about Gundersen Home Hospital. He eagerly enrolled into the program. “I was sent home at 4:30 pm and received an oxygen system with six tanks. A nurse came out with a kit that included a pulse oximeter, blood pressure cuff, scale, thermometer and tablet. He really took care of me and spent a lot of time with me and my wife,” said Johnson. Cliff’s acute care registered nurse…

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Contessa Achieves HITRUST CSF® Certification to Manage Risk and Improve Security Posture

Contessa, an Amedisys company, has strict cyber security measures protecting patients, employees and partners. The high-acuity care at home operator has received national recognition by earning HITRUST CSF® Certification by HITRUST, the Health Information Trust Alliance.  

HITRUST CSF® Certification demonstrates that the organization’s infrastructure protects patient and provider information and have met key regulations and industry-defined requirements and are appropriately managing risk.  

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Physician Spotlight: Jesse Steffl, PA-C, Allegheny General Hospital Home Recovery Care

“There is a lot of promise. I have enjoyed partnering with Contessa and am excited for the future.”

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