Amedisys Signs Managed Care Contracts to Cover 650,000 Georgia and Alabama Residents

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Amedisys, Inc.

    BATON ROUGE, La., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Amedisys, Inc.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   AMED), one of America's leading home health nursing
 companies, today announced that it has signed managed care contracts with both
 United Healthcare of Alabama and United Healthcare of Georgia.
     The Company's contract with United Healthcare of Alabama ("UHC of
 Alabama") was effective April 1, 2001 and covers approximately 160,000 people
 in the State of Alabama.  This represents 95% of all the UHC of Alabama
 enrollees.  The contract with UHC of Alabama will be serviced through
 Amedisys' eleven operating locations in the State of Alabama.
     The Company's contract with United Healthcare of Georgia ("UHC of
 Georgia") will be effective May 1, 2001 and will cover approximately
 490,000 people in the State of Georgia.   This represents 92% of all the UHC
 of Georgia enrollees.  Amedisys will service this contract through its
 twenty-one operating locations in the State of Georgia.
     "We look forward to working with these managed care companies in the
 provision of home nursing services to their enrollees in Alabama and Georgia,"
 stated William F. Borne, Chief Executive Officer of Amedisys, Inc.  "The
 managed care companies are facing the same challenges as other health care
 payors due to rising hospital costs and the aging of America's population.
 The provision of health care services on a state-wide basis is of critical
 importance to managed care companies in their efforts to control costs, and we
 believe Amedisys' broad coverage throughout the South played a key role in our
 ability to secure these contracts."
 
     Amedisys, Inc. is a leading multi-regional provider of home health nursing
 services and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Its common stock
 trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "AMED".
 
     This press release includes statements that may constitute
 "forward-looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe,"
 "estimate," "project," "expect" or similar expressions.  Forward-looking
 statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.  Factors
 that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not
 limited to, continued acceptance of the Company's products and services in the
 marketplace, competitive factors, changes in government reimbursement
 procedures, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks discussed in
 the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no
 obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date
 of this release.
 
     Additional information on this Company can be found on the World Wide Web
 http://www.amedisys.com
 
     For further information, please contact:  John Joffrion, Senior Vice
 President at (225) 292-2031, or RJ Falkner & Company, Inc., Investor Relations
 Counsel at (800) 377-9893 or via e-mail at info@rjfalkner.com
 
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SOURCE Amedisys, Inc.
    BATON ROUGE, La., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Amedisys, Inc.
 (OTC Bulletin Board:   AMED), one of America's leading home health nursing
 companies, today announced that it has signed managed care contracts with both
 United Healthcare of Alabama and United Healthcare of Georgia.
     The Company's contract with United Healthcare of Alabama ("UHC of
 Alabama") was effective April 1, 2001 and covers approximately 160,000 people
 in the State of Alabama.  This represents 95% of all the UHC of Alabama
 enrollees.  The contract with UHC of Alabama will be serviced through
 Amedisys' eleven operating locations in the State of Alabama.
     The Company's contract with United Healthcare of Georgia ("UHC of
 Georgia") will be effective May 1, 2001 and will cover approximately
 490,000 people in the State of Georgia.   This represents 92% of all the UHC
 of Georgia enrollees.  Amedisys will service this contract through its
 twenty-one operating locations in the State of Georgia.
     "We look forward to working with these managed care companies in the
 provision of home nursing services to their enrollees in Alabama and Georgia,"
 stated William F. Borne, Chief Executive Officer of Amedisys, Inc.  "The
 managed care companies are facing the same challenges as other health care
 payors due to rising hospital costs and the aging of America's population.
 The provision of health care services on a state-wide basis is of critical
 importance to managed care companies in their efforts to control costs, and we
 believe Amedisys' broad coverage throughout the South played a key role in our
 ability to secure these contracts."
 
     Amedisys, Inc. is a leading multi-regional provider of home health nursing
 services and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Its common stock
 trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "AMED".
 
     This press release includes statements that may constitute
 "forward-looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe,"
 "estimate," "project," "expect" or similar expressions.  Forward-looking
 statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements.  Factors
 that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not
 limited to, continued acceptance of the Company's products and services in the
 marketplace, competitive factors, changes in government reimbursement
 procedures, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks discussed in
 the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no
 obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date
 of this release.
 
     Additional information on this Company can be found on the World Wide Web
 http://www.amedisys.com
 
     For further information, please contact:  John Joffrion, Senior Vice
 President at (225) 292-2031, or RJ Falkner & Company, Inc., Investor Relations
 Counsel at (800) 377-9893 or via e-mail at info@rjfalkner.com
 
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