Business Briefs: Mediware Finalizes Kinnser Acquisition

Mediware Closes Acquisition of Kinnser Software

Mediware Information Systems, a health care software provider, finalized the acquisition of Kinnser Software, a provider of software for home health and hospice providers. The transaction, backed by TPG Capital, also included Kinnser CEO Chris Hester joining Mediware’s senior leadership team, according to a press release.

The acquisition was initially announced on May 30, 2017, and adds Kinnser software efficiencies to Mediware’s existing software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

Kinnser works with more than 4,000 home health, hospice and private duty home care professionals to offer software that manages workflow operations. Its capabilities include providing services for electronic medical record keeping, revenue cycle management, financial reporting and quality assurance, the press release states.

NextGate and MatrixCare Partner

NextGate, a health care technology company, has partnered with MatrixCare, the largest long-term post acute care (LTPAC) technology provider, to integrate NextGate’s enterprise master patient index (EMPI) into MatrixCare’s CareCommunity platform of clinical, financial and operations records.

The incorporation of NextGate’s KLAS top-rated EMPI database of patient medical data will ensure that records are consolidated across multiple platforms. MatrixCare is used in more than 12,000 facility-based care settings and 2,000 home care and home health agency locations.

Geisinger Consolidates Home Health and Hospice Services

Geisinger Health System consolidated its home health and hospice services, called Geisinger Home Health & Hospice. This new entity is comprised of previous facilities including Columbia Montour Hospice, Geisinger Home Care, SUN Home Health and Hospice, and Holy Spirit Home Health.

Geisinger Home Health & Hospice remains at current locations in Pennsylvania, including Danville, Bloomsburg, Wilkes-Barre, Northumberland, Montoursville, Lewistown and Camp Hill.

Services offered are nursing care, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, social work, pain and symptom management, emotional and psychological support, community resource planning, and grief and bereavement support.

Executive Care Adds Three Franchise Locations

Skilled home health care provider Executive Care signed three franchise agreements for offices in Louisville, Kentucky; Phoenix, Arizona; and San Jose, California. These will be added to the 14 Executive Care offices already open and operating in nine states, with several others in development throughout the country.

The New Jersey-based franchise has experienced 40% per house style unit growth in the past year and 250% unit growth over the last three years, according to a press release. As many as 10 new offices will be opened in 2017.

Executive Care provides home health care services, as well as non-medical home care services, including meal preparation, household chores, help with bathing and personal hygiene and companionship. Its caregivers can also provide post-acute care.

Residential Home Health & Hospice Acquires Hometown Home Health & Hospice

Residential Home Health & Hospice, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings (NYSE: GHC) based in Downers Grove, Illinois, purchased Hometown Home Health & Hospice, according to a press release from the Braff Group, which facilitated the transaction.

Michigan-based Hometown Home Health & Hospice had been in operation since 2003.

Written by Elizabeth Jakaitis