Kindred Expands ‘House Calls’ to 3 New States

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) recently announced that its home-based primary care (HBPC) business, called Kindred House Calls, has expanded into three additional states.

As part of the post-acute care provider’s effort to facilitate physician coverage across sites of care to develop population health management capabilities, Kindred House Calls provides home-based primary care — assisted living facilities, independent living and home care — and select specialty services for patients who cannot easily access traditional outpatient care settings.

Through recent acquisitions, Kindred has been able to expand its House Calls business into Texas, Colorado and Washington.

“Expanding Kindred House Calls increases our ability to deliver exceptional medical care in a patient’s home or community-based assisted and independent living facilities,” said William M. Altman, Kindred’s executive vice president for strategy, policy and integrated care. “This strategic growth supports our goal to manage and coordinate care across the continuum and builds upon our ability to deliver integrated care and population health solutions that support recovery and wellness.”

Kindred recently acquired House Call Doctors of Austin, Texas, which provides in-home medical care in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and the surrounding areas. Julia Jung, the president and CEO of the company, has joined Kindred’s Managed Care Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

In March 2015, Kindred also acquired Physician House Calls LLC, a physician-led, primary care practice based in Denver, Colo., which delivers care in home-based settings. Thomas Lally, who founded the company, will continue to serve as the medical director of the practice. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Additionally, Kindred House Calls is integrating two primary care practices that were part of Gentiva Health Services, Inc., which Kindred acquired for $1.8 billion in February 2015. The Gentiva practices are located in Austin, Texas, and Spokane, Wash. 

In total, Kindred House Calls’ HBPC business has approximately 70 practitioners, including physicians and nurse practitioners, serving roughly 10,000 patients. Kindred began developing this business in 2013 when it acquired a primary care practice in Cleveland, Ohio. The founder of that practice, William Mills, was then appointed president of Kindred House Calls.

“Growing Kindred’s home-based primary care services enhances our ability to provide high-quality house call services to patients who are at high risk for hospitalization, and enables them to stay at home,” Mills said. “Through our tailored medical care, we are delivering improved clinical outcomes, preventing emergency room visits and hospital stays, and creating positive patient experiences.”

Written by Emily Study