The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) announces a partnership with Amedisys and Contessa, creating a full suite of home care services

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The partnership is the first of its kind in the region and creates a new home care option for patients, including home restorative care, home rehabilitation care, home palliative care, home primary care and home care.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. and NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct. 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED), a leading home healthcare company, and Contessa, an Amedisys company and leading provider of comprehensive home care, announced a partnership bringing a new home care option to central Arkansas. The joint venture provides patients with a full range of medical care in the comfort and convenience of their own homes.

“UAMS is leading the ambitious goal of making Arkansas the healthiest state in the region, and this strategic initiative reinforces that vision,” said Cam Patterson, MD, MBA, UAMS Chancellor and CEO of UAMS. UAMS Health. “We are thrilled to partner with Contessa and Amedisys to bring this one-of-a-kind model to the region and the first comprehensive home care program in the state. We look forward to providing our patients with an innovative option that delivers on our commitment to community-driven, patient-centered care. »

UAMS Health Comprehensive Care at Home combines all the essentials of primary, hospital or rehabilitation care with the comfort of patients’ homes. The proven model improves patient outcomes and satisfaction, saves money and sets a new standard for care delivery. The service expands access across the continuum of care, increases critical inpatient capacity, and reduces the overall cost of care.

The model includes restorative home care and rehabilitative home care, which provide safe and effective alternatives to a traditional hospital stay and a skilled nursing facility, respectively. In both departments, patients are sent home with easy-to-use remote patient monitoring devices and immediately begin receiving daily in-person and virtual visits from their care team. These models allow patients to recover in the comfort of their own home, while receiving expert medical care from trusted UAMS providers.

Palliative home care provides additional support for critically ill patients, their families and caregivers. Patients receive comprehensive coordinated care through in-home or virtual visits from members of the UAMS care team; round-the-clock services such as physical, emotional and spiritual support; in-depth discussions about their conditions and treatment plans, as well as social services.

Under the joint venture, home health care will be provided by Amedisys Home Health in Searcy and Little Rock. Home health services include skilled nursing; physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy; medical social work; and home health aides to help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and eating.

“With Contessa, we have the unique ability to build the full continuum of home care services. A prestigious institution like UAMS is the perfect partner to put this innovative model into practice. We are excited to provide a comprehensive program that will enhance the results and experience for our patients in central Arkansas,” said Chris Gerard, President and CEO of Amedisys.

Several emerging trends strengthen the case for expanding the continuum of home care, including patient and physician preference. A recent Capital Take care of health A survey found that 90% of Americans over 50 want to stay home and age in place. CarePort reports that home care referrals have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, but qualified nurse referrals continue to decline.

“The pandemic has changed patient preference for care delivery, increasing the demand for high-acuity care at home,” said Travis Messina, CEO of Contessa. “Contessa’s comprehensive home care model builds on this momentum while providing an integrated home care platform for patients, providers and payers. We are honored to partner with UAMS to bring this level of care to the patients of Little Rock.

UAMS Health’s Comprehensive Home Care will begin accepting patients at home later this year or early 2023, with additional services rolling out in early 2023.

About UAMS
UAMS is Arkansas’ only health sciences university, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health professions, and public health; a doctoral school; a hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwestern Arkansas Regional Campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute, and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses the entire clinical enterprise of UAMS. UAMS is the only Level 1 adult trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,047 students, 873 medical residents and fellows, and six resident dentists. It is the largest public employer in the state with more than 11,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide patient care at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Children’s, VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or

About Countess
Contessa, an Amedisys company, offers comprehensive home care. Pioneering the industry since 2015, Contessa offers a coordinated range of services, including in-home recovery care, in lieu of hospital admission, in-home rehabilitation care, in lieu of admission to a skilled nursing facility, and palliative home care. Combining all the essential elements of a hospital or rehabilitation stay in the comfort of the patient’s home, Contessa enables partners to reinvent the delivery of care. Contessa uses Care Convergence™, a proprietary technology platform, to power a seamless solution that is safe, affordable, and improves patient outcomes.

Based in Nashville, the company currently partners with 11 health systems and 30 health plans serving patients in eight states. Alongside Amedisys’ more than 21,000 employees in 38 states, the company has the ability to serve more patients across a full continuum of care, from primary care to end-of-life, all from the comfort of home. For more information, visit or follow us at @contessahealth.

About Amedisys
Amedisys, Inc. is a leading home health care company, providing personalized home care, palliative care, personal care and critical care services. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether it is personal care at home; hospital care, palliative care and home-based skilled nursing (SNF) facilities; recovery and rehabilitation after surgery or injury; care focused on empowering them to manage chronic disease; or palliative care at the end of life. More than 3,000 hospitals and 90,000 physicians nationwide have chosen Amedisys as their post-acute care partner. Founded in 1982, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA with an executive office in Nashville, TN, Amedisys is a public company. With approximately 21,000 employees, across 547 care centers in 36 states and the District of Columbia, Amedisys is committed to delivering the highest quality care at the doorsteps of more than 445,000 patients in need each year, performing more 11.5 million visits per year. For more information about the company, please visit:

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