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Media Statement From Amedisys on Dr. Steven H. Landers' NEJM Commentary on the Future of Home Care
Date:10/22/2010

BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Amedisys, a leading home health care and hospice company (Nasdaq: AMED), commends Dr. Steven H. Landers' commentary on the future of home care in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Landers is a member of the Amedisys Strategic Advisory Board.

Titled, "Why Health Care is Going Home," Dr. Landers' commentary outlines his perspective on the future of home care as an increasingly crucial component of America's health care system. As the director of the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Home Care and Community Rehabilitation, Dr. Landers sees the many benefits of home care on a daily basis. As our country ages and more Americans cope with chronic conditions, Dr. Landers predicts that home care will prove to be the ideal option for care.

"It was enlightening to see Dr. Landers' commentary on the future of home care," said Michael Fleming, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Amedisys. "As our country goes through a health care sea change, it is becoming clear that home care is often the best option for patients, insurers and health care systems. Patients have a desire to stay in their homes and, as such, they are demanding home care. There is also a clear financial advantage to home care, as it is often less costly than institutional care."

Amedisys echoes Dr. Landers' call to adapt the policies and structure of our current health care system to bring patient care back into the home. As an innovator in the home care system, Amedisys has always been an advocate of increased technologies that allow seamless and state-of-the-art home care for physicians and home care professionals.

"During this critical period of policy development, we encourage our health care leaders and policymakers to respond to the demand for increased home care services," Fleming added.

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