News Coverage

The Boss: He’s no Spine Surgeon, but Travis Messina was Always Destined for Health Care

Nashville Business Journal, January 8, 2021 Eight years ago, Travis Messina left the world of investment banking for Vanguard Health Systems, under the leadership of Nashville health care veterans such as Charlie Martin and Phil Roe. When Vanguard sold for $4.3 billion in 2013, Messina joined Martin’s private equity firm, before branching out on his own two years later to found Contessa Health, a home health startup backed by Martin Ventures. Contessa saw steady growth until the Covid-19 pandemic caused demand to skyrocket as hospitals scrambled to free up beds. Now, Messina says every health system is evaluating its home health…

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COVID Spurs Families to Shun Nursing Homes, a Shift That Appears Long Lasting

Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2020 Fearing infection and isolation, relatives are turning to home care as new services make that option more possible for many. Click here to read the full article.

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Gist Healthcare Daily

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expands its ‘Hospital Without Walls’ program to pay for hospital-level care in the home. As Travis Messina, CEO of hospital-at-home company Contessa, says staff will still be the limiting factor for how much hospitals can increase bed capacity.

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CMS Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Hospital-at-Home Strategy to Manage Latest COVID-19 Surge

In an effort to increase hospital capacity amid the current COVID-19 surge, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday announced “unprecedented” flexibilities around providing hospital-level care for patients in their homes.

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Hospitals Can Care for Medicare Patients at Home in Pandemic

ABC News, November 25, 2020 Hospitals will be allowed to care for Medicare patients in their own homes during the pandemic under a government program announced Wednesday to help hospitals deal with the latest surge. Some hospitals already offered patients with private insurance the choice of getting care at home instead of in the hospital. The pandemic dramatically boosted use of such programs. Click here to read the full article.

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Physician Spotlight: Bringing Care Home

Mark Montoney

Nashville Medical News, November 12, 2020 Managing the health of chronically ill patients is an ongoing challenge, but it’s one Mark Montoney, MD, MBA, is embracing through an innovative care model. As chief medical officer for Contessa Health, Montoney is helping to revolutionize the home hospital care model while keeping patients where they’re most comfortable. Click here to read the full physician spotlight.

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The Check Up: Dr. Susan Turney of Marshfield Clinic Health System

Modern Healthcare, October  12, 2020 Not only has Wisconsin recently become a hot spot for COVID-19, but it’s also a state where the rural population has faced barriers to care well before the pandemic began. Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Matthew Weinstock talks to Dr. Susan Turney, CEO of Marshfield Clinic Health System, about what the system is doing to provide telehealth solutions for its rural populations and how its Home Recovery Care program has allowed Marshfield to provide care to communities that need it most. Click here to watch the interview.

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Experts Discuss the Growing Potential of In-Home Care

As care extends into the home, technology helps drive preventive care and healing.

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Post-Acute Care: Hospital at Home Model Gains Momentum During Pandemic

Healthcare Innovation Magazine, September/October COVID-19 hit South Carolina later than some regions, but when it did, Prisma Health, the largest nonprofit health organization in the state, was ready to pivot to an innovative “hospital at home” model to help cope with the surge and to meet patients’ needs. That approach is likely to outlive the pandemic. Click here to read the full article.

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Talking with Contessa Health, a Hospital at Home Trailblazer

Gist Healthcare Daily spoke to Travis Messina, CEO of Contessa Health, about the recent surge of interest in the hospital at home model due to COVID-19.

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