‘We’re in the business of making people better’



The Amedisys Staff, back row from left to right: Lori Alexander, Kristi Vincent, Leigh Ann Howse, Jeffrey Terrell, and Brandy Chastain. Front row left to right: Christie Holt, Celia Morton, and Tami Rawls. Not pictured: Tammy Shelton, Pam Roberts, and Holly Kilpatrick.

The Amedisys Staff, back row from left to right: Lori Alexander, Kristi Vincent, Leigh Ann Howse, Jeffrey Terrell, and Brandy Chastain. Front row left to right: Christie Holt, Celia Morton, and Tami Rawls. Not pictured: Tammy Shelton, Pam Roberts, and Holly Kilpatrick.

Since August, when registered nurse Michael Mosley began working as the director of office operations at Amedisys Home Health in Oneonta, he has been consistently reaffirming his staff of their potential.

No matter how many times he cheered them on, he says what sealed their belief in themselves was being named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite by OCS HomeCare, a division of Outcome Concept Systems.

Eastwood Community’s float in the 1963 Christmas Parade. Taken by the late Clyde Butler of Oneonta.

Eastwood Community’s float in the 1963 Christmas Parade. Taken by the late Clyde Butler of Oneonta.

“When someone else looks in and says how great they are doing compared to the people and companies in their field, it brings substance to what I’ve been saying,” Mosley said. “I have never seen this kind of dynamic group of people who love and hold up each other. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it.”

As a home health care provider, the Amedisys clinicians go to the most intimate settings to provide assistance – their patients’ homes.

Mosley says in the hospital, patients are in the nurses’ environment, but working as a home health care provider is a different situation.

By the guidelines set out by Medicare, which Amedisys operates under, a patient must be in need of specificskilled care to qualify for homebound assistance. The physician identifies the need and the home care nurses or therapists attend to wound care, disease management, and/or other needs. However, Mosley says their main goal is to act as a care transition manager and provide education to their patients in an attempt to prevent future hospitalization.

“Making it to where our patients are able to take care of themselves is the most important thing,” he said. “We’re in the business of making people better.”

The care provided to each individual is based on national standards and evidence provided by the doctor with an aim to make the patients less dependent on the health care provider.

“A lot of the time patients go from one doctor to another and sort of package themselves up and send themselves off going from one destination to the next,” Mosley said. “They must be reminded they aren’t just a package. They are important, and they are individuals in control of their lives. We just need to teach them how to take care of themselves.”

Mosley says in a lot of cases, the patient begins the process sad or frustrated, but once they are taught certain lifestyle changes, for instance quitting smoking or laying off the gravy and biscuits, they realize they can improve their life by taking control of it.

The clinician will assist the patient for a period of 60 days, after that time period the patient will either be discharged or recertified to continue with home health care. Mosley says the objective for every home health clinician working at Oneonta Amedisys is to have their patient discharged after that 60-day time frame.

OCS HomeCare measure and record how each individual is cared for in home health care companies across the nation and categorize them based on an extensive list including wound management, decline rate, and discharge rate, among others. After compiling those outcome measurements, OCS HomeCare names the Top Agencies in the country, including the Top 500, which Oneonta’s Amedisys location and 264 other Amedisys companies, was ranked in.

“This award reassures me of the group that I see,” Mosley said. “They are amazingly selfless when it comes to the care they provide, and their passion blows me away. This award is just the beginning for us.”

The Oneonta location has been in operation for two years after moving from their Blountsville location which began six years prior. Oneonta Amedisys clinicians cover Blount and Cullman counties.

Fore more information call 274-4919.