Odyssey HealthCare to Present at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Health Care Conference

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Odyssey HealthCare, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODSY) today announced that it will deliver a presentation at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Health Care Conference on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time at The Grand Hyatt in New York City.

To access a live broadcast of Odyssey’s presentation, listeners should go to the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, www.odsyhealth.com. For those unable to hear the live broadcast, a 14-day replay will be available after the presentation until May 26, 2010.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Odyssey is one of the largest providers of hospice care in the country in terms of both average daily patient census and number of locations. Odyssey seeks to improve the quality of life of terminally ill patients and their families by providing care directed at managing pain and other discomforting symptoms and by addressing the psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

Certain statements that will be contained in the presentation are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions which may cause the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in the presentation to differ materially from those anticipated or implied by the forward-looking statements. Additional risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, general market conditions; adverse changes in reimbursement levels under Medicare and Medicaid programs; government and private party legal proceedings and investigations; adverse changes in the Medicare payment cap limits and increases in the Company’s estimated Medicare cap contractual adjustment; declines in patient census growth; increases in inflation including inflationary increases in patient care costs; the Company’s ability to effectively implement the Company’s 2010 operations and development strategies; the Company’s dependence on patient referral sources and potential adverse changes in patient referral practices of those referral sources; the Company’s ability to successfully integrate and operate acquired hospice programs; the ability to attract and retain healthcare professionals; increases in the Company’s bad debt expense due to various factors including an increase in the volume of pre-payment reviews by the Company’s Medicare fiscal intermediaries; adverse changes in the state and federal licensure and certification laws and regulations; adverse results of regulatory surveys; delays in licensure and/or certification; cost of complying with the terms and conditions of the Company’s corporate integrity agreement; adverse changes in the competitive environment in which the Company operates; changes in state or federal income, franchise or similar tax laws and regulations; adverse impact of natural disasters; changes in the Company’s estimate of additional stock-based compensation costs and the disclosures contained under the headings “Government Regulation and Payment Structure” in “Item 1. Business” and “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of Odyssey’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 10, 2010, and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these factors are beyond the ability of the Company to control or predict. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s views only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any of the forward-looking statements or publicly announce any updates or revisions to any of the forward-looking statements contained in the presentation to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions, circumstances or assumptions underlying such statements.


Odyssey HealthCare, Inc.
R. Dirk Allison
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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