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CMS Rating for Amedisys Home Health Rises to Average of 4.22 Stars

BATON ROUGE, La., March 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amedisys, Inc. (AMED), one of the nation’s leading home healthcare, hospice and personal care companies, received an average rating of 4.22 Stars out of a possible 5 for Quality of Patient Care across its home health care centers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) January Star Ratings release.

That figure is nearly 30 percent above the industry average and represents an almost 8 percent increase from Amedisys’ Quality of Patient Care rating from a year ago. Also, 88 percent of Amedisys’ home health care centers achieved a rating of 4 Stars or better.

“In 2015, we committed Amedisys to the cause of clinical excellence, and this impressive result is a testament to our clinical team’s determination to deliver the highest quality of care,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Kusserow. “No metric better demonstrates our determination to deliver outstanding clinical results.”

Amedisys had 19 providers, including 30 care centers, that achieved a 5-Star rating. According to the April 2018 Preview, that figure will likely increase to 29 providers, representing 54 care centers, with 56 percent of home health agencies achieving 4.5 Stars or more.

“When it comes to delivering quality patient care, our care centers rank among the top in the nation,” stated Chief Clinical Officer Susan Sender. “We’re committed to clinical distinction and will continue to invest in our clinicians to achieve even better outcomes for our patients.”

According to CMS, its Home Health Compare website is designed to be a key tool for consumers to choose a home health provider – an “easy-to-access, convenient source of authoritative information on provider quality.” In 2015, CMS added to its reporting system a one-to-five Star Rating to “summarize” 24 measures of provider performance such as “timely initiation of care” and “improvement in ambulation.”

About Amedisys:
Amedisys, Inc. is a leading healthcare at home Company delivering personalized home health, hospice and personal care. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether that is home-based personal care; recovery and rehabilitation after an operation or injury; care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic disease; or hospice care at the end of life. We partner with 3,000 hospitals and 59,000 physicians nationwide have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care. Founded in 1982, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA with an executive office in Nashville, TN, Amedisys is a publicly held company. With more than 17,500 employees, in 426 care centers in 35 states, Amedisys is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to the doorsteps of more than 369,000 patients and clients in need every year. For more information about the Company, please visit: www.amedisys.com.

Contact:

Kendra Kimmons
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
225-299-3708
kendra.kimmons@amedisys.com