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Providers push for continued hospital-at-home waiver after pandemic

Modern Healthcare, March 17, 2022 Hospital systems are making the case to Congress that Medicare should continue covering hospital-at-home care after the public health emergency, arguing it could improve health outcomes, lower costs and alleviate capacity and staffing issues. “We feel the best reimbursement structure is in a value-based arrangement,” said Travis Messina, co-founder and CEO of Contessa, a hospital-at-home company that primarily worked with Medicare Advantage plans before the pandemic. “If you are shifting the site of care to the home, which is a lower-cost setting, Medicare should realize the benefit of that reduced cost.” Click here to read the full article.

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Q&A with Virginia Mason Franciscan Health CEO on Hospital-at-Home Pilot

HealthLeaders, March 9, 2022 The 11-hospital Virginia Mason Franciscan Health system, serving the Puget Sound region of Washington state, recently announced a new collaboration with Contessa Health to operate Home Recovery Care, a care model that 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. Click here to read the full article.

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Interest in SNF-at-Home Reaches New Heights, But Reimbursement Path Remains Murky

Skilled Nursing News, March 3, 2022 As more operators look for new ways to incorporate at-home services into their model of care, SNF-at-home, while growing, may still have a long way to go. Securing reimbursement continues to be the most difficult component for SNF-at-home in a managed care environment, according to Contessa Health CEO Travis Messina. Click here to read the full article.

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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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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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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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Aetna Medicare CMO Outlines Aging-in-Place Agenda

Home Health Care News, December 5, 2021 America’s biggest health care companies continue to focus on home-based care and aging in place. That includes CVS Health Corporation subsidiary Aetna. Among its home- and community-based care initiatives, Aetna is doubling down on offering seniors a full range of services, from preventive care all the way to acute care. The insurer is likewise investing in “cost-effective care management programs” and expanding its relationships with home-centric partners like Contessa. Click here to read the full article.

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Contessa Lands New Health System Partnership; Amedisys Expects Positive Profit Contributions by 2023

Home Health Care News, November 11, 2021 Contessa announced that it had partnered with Penn State Health, which has a footprint that spans across 29 counties in Pennsylvania. Click here to read the full article.

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Here’s Who Won the Entrepreneur Center’s NEXT Awards

Nashville Business Journal, October 27, 2021 A roundup of who was recognized at the 2021 Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s NEXT Awards including Contessa CEO Travis Messina. Click here to read the full article.

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