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  • National Eating Healthy Day

    November 05, 2014

    National Eating Healthy Day

    National Eating Healthy Day takes place on the first Wednesday in November each year. The theme for this year is “Produce Results” with a focus on eating more fruits and vegetables. According to the American Heart Association, Americans typically consume half their recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The AHA recommends eight or more servings – or about 4.5 cups – of fruits and vegetables daily.

    Why is a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables so important? A balanced diet can help control conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of October 27, 2014

    October 31, 2014

    Healthcare Headlines Week of October 27, 2014

    Less Than Half of Doctors in Insurance Directories May Be Available

    More than half the dermatologists in Medicare Advantage plan directories were either dead, retired, not accepting new patients or specialized only in specific conditions, researchers found when they tried making appointments. Read more

    To Safeguard Seniors, Repeal Cuts to Home Health

    Every day, about one in every 25 Americans – an estimated 12 million in all – receive healthcare in a place where it was once only rarely available: at home. Clinical services brought to your front door are increasingly in demand and, as our population ages, will be required in the decades ahead vastly more than ever before. Read more

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    Helping You Breathe Easier

    October 28, 2014

    Helping You Breathe EasierKindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Centers bridge the gap between hospital and home. When patients leave a traditional hospital, they often need continued care to recover completely. That’s where we come in.

    While all Kindred centers care for patients with pulmonary diagnoses, some centers offer additional and advanced capabilities to care for these patients. Our pulmonary program is designed to help patients achieve positive outcomes through evidence-based clinical care so that each patient can reach his or her highest level of functioning – all with the combination of critical thinking and clinical excellence that has made Kindred a leader in the field.

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of October 20, 2014

    October 24, 2014

    Healthcare Headlines Week of October 20, 2014

    CDC Tightens Ebola Guidelines for Healthcare Workers

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more stringent guidelines for how healthcare workers should interact with Ebola patients, following an outcry from nurses and other professionals. Read more

    Rob Roper: Medicare’s Future in Vermont: What Does Single Payer Intend?

    There is some confusion out there, particularly among seniors, about what will happen to Medicare if Vermont adopts the single-payer health care program, Green Mountain Care. Does the state intend to “take over” Medicare? Read more

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of October 13, 2014

    October 17, 2014

    Healthcare Headlines Week of October 13, 2014

    Good Performance on SNF Quality Measures Does Not Prevent Deaths or Readmissions, Study Finds

    A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents' risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings in the latest issue of the American Medical Association journal JAMA. Read more

    Long-Term Care Providers Might Need to Change Pain Management to Cut Opioid Use, MedPAC Analyst Says

    Long-term care and other providers might have to alter their pain management practices if changes discussed at a recent Medicare Payment Advisory Commission meeting come to pass. Read more

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    Kindred Occupational Therapist Shares What Inspires Her

    October 16, 2014
    Kindred Occupational Therapist Shares What Inspires HerOccupational therapist Shana Mohr chose OT because she feels it has the ability to touch so many aspects of a patient’s therapy and recovery.

    “Occupational therapy is a blend of both physical therapy and speech therapy,” she said. “While those two may stand on their own, occupational covers an assimilation of both.”

    Watching her grandfather undergo therapy sealed the deal.

    “I found the whole thing so fascinating,” she said. Read Full Post

    Kindred Contact Center Nurse Advocates Share Their Most Rewarding Moments

    October 14, 2014
    Kindred Contact Center Nurse Advocates Share Their Most Rewarding MomentsThe Kindred Contact Center serves as a resource for patients and caregivers who have questions about post-acute care, Medicare, insurance, or anything else related to the care of a loved one with needs beyond the traditional hospital. Piloted in Cleveland, it has already received calls from across the country from patients and their caregivers, and was launched nationwide on September 1. Read Full Post

    Kindred and Gentiva Reach Definitive Agreement

    October 13, 2014
    By Kindred Healthcare tags: company news

    This combination will help transform the American healthcare delivery system by providing patient-centered, coordinated care at home and across the continuum of care.

    The combination of Kindred and Gentiva will further enhance Kindred’s industry leading position as the Nation’s premier post-acute and rehabilitation services provider and make Kindred at Home the largest and most geographically diversified home health and hospice organization in the United States.

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    Additional Information
    The information set forth herein does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger between Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred”) and Gentiva Health Services, Inc. (“Gentiva”). In connection with the proposed merger, Kindred intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4, containing a proxy statement/prospectus, with the SEC. SHAREHOLDERS OF GENTIVA ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, INCLUDING THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain copies of the proxy statement/prospectus as well as other filings containing information about Kindred and Gentiva, without charge, at the SEC’s website, Those documents, when filed, as well as Kindred’s other public filings with the SEC, may be obtained without charge at Kindred’s website at

    Forward-Looking Statements
    The information set forth herein includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the proposed business combination transaction between Kindred and Gentiva (including financing of the proposed transaction and the benefits, results, effects and timing of a transaction), all statements regarding Kindred’s (and Kindred’s and Gentiva’s combined) expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, dividends, financing plans, business strategy, budgets, capital expenditures, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management, and statements containing the words such as “anticipate,” “approximate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “will,” “intend,” “may,” “potential,” “upside,” and other similar expressions. Statements in this communication concerning the business outlook or future economic performance, anticipated profitability, revenues, expenses, dividends or other financial items, and product or services line growth of Kindred (and the combined businesses of Kindred and Gentiva), together with other statements that are not historical facts, are forward-looking statements that are estimates reflecting the best judgment of Kindred based upon currently available information.

    Such forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and stockholders and other potential investors must recognize that actual results may differ materially from Kindred’s expectations as a result of a variety of factors, including, without limitation, those discussed below. Such forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current expectations and include known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which Kindred is unable to predict or control, that may cause Kindred’s actual results, performance or plans with respect to Gentiva to differ materially from any future results, performance or plans expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed below and detailed from time to time in Kindred’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

    Risks and uncertainties related to the proposed merger include, but are not limited to, the risk that Gentiva’s stockholders do not approve the merger, potential adverse reactions or changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger, uncertainties as to the timing of the merger, adverse effects on Kindred’s stock price resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger, competitive responses to the announcement or completion of the merger, the risk that healthcare regulatory, licensure or other approvals and financing required for the consummation of the merger are not obtained or are obtained subject to terms and conditions that are not anticipated, costs and difficulties related to the integration of Gentiva’s businesses and operations with Kindred’s businesses and operations, the inability to obtain, or delays in obtaining, cost savings and synergies from the merger, uncertainties as to whether the completion of the merger or any transaction will have the accretive effect on Kindred’s earnings or cash flows that it expects, unexpected costs, liabilities, charges or expenses resulting from the merger, litigation relating to the merger, the inability to retain key personnel, and any changes in general economic and/or industry-specific conditions.

    In addition to the factors set forth above, other factors that may affect Kindred’s plans, results or stock price are set forth in Kindred’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and in its reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K.

    Many of these factors are beyond Kindred’s control. Kindred cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by Kindred are not guarantees of future performance. Kindred disclaims any obligation to update any such factors or to announce publicly the results of any revisions to any of the forward-looking statements to reflect future events or developments.

    Participants in Solicitation
    Kindred and its directors and executive officers, and Gentiva and its directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the holders of Gentiva common stock in respect of the proposed merger. Information about the directors and executive officers of Kindred is set forth in the proxy statement for Kindred’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on April 3, 2014. Information about the directors and executive officers of Gentiva is set forth in the proxy statement for Gentiva’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 25, 2014. Investors may obtain additional information regarding the interest of such participants by reading the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed merger when it becomes available.

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    Healthcare Headlines Week of October 6, 2014

    October 10, 2014

    Healthcare Headlines Week of October 6, 2014

    Reducing Rehospitalizations and Antipsychotics Top-of-Mind for Long-Term Care Providers at AHCA/NCAL Convention

    Developing effective relationships with hospitals begins by joining, initiating or hosting a cross continuum team at a long-term care provider's campus, an expert in senior care said Monday. Read more

    Prostate Cancer Patients Fight for a Say

    Every day, thousands of men are hit with the devastating news that they have prostate cancer. This year alone, 233,000 Americans—fathers, husbands, sons, and brothers—will be diagnosed with the disease. Fortunately, advances in medical understanding and treatment are helping save lives. Unfortunately, these medical advancements come in the face of potentially crippling Medicare payment changes that could very well cut off critical access to cancer care and eliminate prostate cancer patients’ choice of being treated anywhere but in hospitals. Read more

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    The Bridge From Short-Term Hospitalization

    October 09, 2014

    The Bridge From Short-Term HospitalizationThe most common hospital setting in America is one that provides short-term acute care for patients with pressing health issues – emergencies brought on by an acute illness or an accident. The immediate objective is to stabilize patients and help them recover as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, not all patients can recover quickly. They need a transitional care hospital.

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