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OK, I don't mind talking to myself.

Does anyone else here see what I see?

Gentiva Health Services is a leading provider of home health care services in North America and Canada. In addition to the broad range of full and part-time clinical opportunities for nurses, home health aides, therapists, personal care workers and other health professionals, there are a host of opportunities in sales, operations, clinical research and administration.
Our current caregiver force of 60,000 continues to grow as the health care industry is rapidly transitioning treatments and recovery periods from hospitals to the comfort of patients homes. Gentiva Health Services is a company that values its caregivers. We offer competitive salaries and benefits and career-track positions for those caregivers who wish to progress from the field into supervisory and management positions. Our newly implemented care-team approach encourages our health professionals to form multi-disciplinary teams that can work together to provide comprehensive management of patient cases.

Lisa Remington: Sure. Let's say you're an HMO charged with covering 500,000 lives. Let's say that at any given time 1% of these need daily home health care, either for chronic diseases or because short-term home health care is an alternative to expensive hospitalization. Figure that a home-health nurse can see an average of 5 patients per day using the old technology -- the automobile. The numbers work out to 5,000 patient visits divided by five, or 1,000 nurses you have to hire, just to see home-health patients. Now let's say that half of the on-site home-health visits could be replaced by televideo visits, where each nurse could see 20 patients/day instead of five. Instead of having to hire 1,000 nurses, you'd only have to hire about 625. That's 375 FTE's you're saving. Now 625 nurses are doing what it took 1,000 to do before.(Click on the link above to get the full story about American Telecare)

(This is a link to HCFA, the federal agency that has provided 28 mil grant money to American Telecare and GENTIVA for the diabetes study.)

Here is what I see. This company appears to be ideally positioned to take advantage of the coming telemedicine boom. No matter WHO wins the hardware or network race, (and there is a plethora of challengers all vying for a piece of the action), GTIV is going to get the full benefit of cost savings (currently regarded as 35%) thereby enabling themselves to increase the # of patients served ( by 35%!?)while keeping their cost the same! And the price of this stock just keeps going up.
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