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New Contessa, Henry Ford Health System Venture to Offer Palliative Care

Hospice News, October 4, 2021 Contessa has launched a joint venture in Michigan with Henry Ford Health System to provide high-acuity home care services as well as palliative care. Contessa has seen substantial growth during the COVID-19 pandemic as more health care has moved into the home due to reticence among some patients to seek institutional care, and the deadly virus continues to strain hospital capacity. Click here to read the full article.

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Amedisys’ Contessa Division Partners with Michigan Healthcare System

McKnight’s Senior Living, October 1, 2021 Home care giant Amedisys is expanding its reach into Michigan through a new partnership between its Contessa division and Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital. The agreement will bring an array of in-home acute care services to residents throughout Michigan. Click here to read the full article.

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Surging COVID Cases and Rapidly Filling Hospitals

Progress Health, September 2021 Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, a key objective has been not overwhelming the health care system, specifically hospitals who are once again facing serious capacity issues as the U.S. experiences the latest surge in COVID cases. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Senior Vice President Justine Handelman sat down with Contessa Home Recovery CEO Travis Messina to discuss how their home recovery model is transitioning patients out of the hospital and into the home while continuing their care. This model ultimately provides a better experience for the patient and freeing up bed space within the hospital. Click…

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First patient to use Gundersen Home Hospital undergoes successful treatment in comfort of her house

La Crosse Tribune, July 2, 2021 One month after the launch of Gundersen Home Hospital, the program has treated its first patient, Diana Janisch. The program allowed her to remain in her home while receiving essential care. “I was glad because it was a lot easier because I could come home and be in my own bed and make my own food,” Janisch says. “If I was in the hospital you know you never get any rest so actually it was really pleasant.” Click here to read the full article.

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Amedisys Paying $250M for Contessa

Nashville Post, July 1, 2021 The leaders of home hospitalization and skilled nursing venture Contessa Health have signed a deal to sell the six-year-old company to Amedisys for $250 million. Click here to read the full story.

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Amedisys Announces Agreement to Acquire Contessa Health, Creating a Comprehensive Home Healthcare Delivery Platform

GlobeNewsWire, June 30, 2021 Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), a leading home health, hospice and personal care company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Contessa Health, a leader in hospital-at-home and skilled nursing facility (SNF) at-home services. In addition, Amedisys plans to invest meaningfully in the future growth of Contessa’s business and proprietary informatics platform, CareConvergence™. Upon closing of the deal, Nashville, Tenn.-based Contessa will operate as a wholly owned division of Amedisys. Click here to read the full article.

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Amedisys Snaps up Hospital-at-Home Provider Contessa Health in $250M Deal

Fierce Healthcare, June 20, 2021 Amedisys made a major move to expand its reach in the home healthcare market by acquiring Contessa Health, one of the biggest hospital-at-home players. Click here to read the full story.

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Amedisys to Acquire Contessa Health in Move to Increase Patient Acuity

Modern Healthcare, June 30, 2021 Amedisys, a home health, hospice and personal care company, on Wednesday, said it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nashville-based Contessa Health, a hospital-at-home and skilled nursing facility at-home provider. Click here to read the full story (subscription required).

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Moving Health Home Engages Hospice, Palliative Care Providers

Hospice News, April 16, 2021 Moving Health Home is getting involved in hospice, having expanded to include providers Compassus, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) and the community-based support company Contessa Health. Moving Health Home is a coalition of health care organizations that advocate for the expansion of home-based care. The coalition’s mission is to build support for home-based care by educating policymakers about the benefits to patients and potential cost savings. Click here to read the full article.

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Getting better: Allegheny Health Network shifting hospital services to home

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 15, 2021 Moving medical care out of the hospital — a decades long trend — got a boost in a recent Medicare decision to pay for expanded services that are provided in the patient’s home. Allegheny Health Network was out ahead of CMS’ decision by a year when it launched its Home Recovery Care program in 2019, a 30-day program, in cooperation with AHN corporate parent Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Click here to read the full article.

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