Celtic Healthcare Acquires Home Care Agency in Midwest Expansion

Pittsburgh-based Celtic Healthcare has acquired a Missouri-based home care and hospice provider that will expand its footprint beyond Pennsylvania and Maryland into Missouri and Illinois. The company announced this week it has acquired VNA-TIP Healthcare, a HomeCare Elite agency that has a longstanding history of nearly 100 years and has growth through acquisition of the […]

Ensign Expands Home Health Portfolio Through Idaho Acquisition

The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) announced it is expanding its presence as a home health and hospice provider through the recent acquisition of Boise, Idaho-based Life’s Doors Hospice, Life’s Doors Home Health and Life’s Doors Home Care Solutions.  The companies will be operated by Cornerstone Healthcare Inc., Ensign’s home health and hospice operating company.  “We […]

CMS To Begin Data Collection for Hospice Quality Reporting

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin a new data collection to inform hospice quality reporting, according to a Federal Register notice published this week.  In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, CMS is establishing a new system, the Hospice Item Set System, to support the collection of data required for the […]

Home Health Agencies to Test Palliative Care Under New CMS Program

As many as 30 Medicare-certified home health agencies will test a care model that provides palliative support services in their routine home care offerings, in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 18, 2014, the launch of the “concurrent care” demonstration under […]

LHC Group Continues Acquisition Spree With Two New Home Health Buys

Following a deal earlier this month two acquire two home health companies, LCG Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is continuing its buying spree—this time through the acquisition of two more home health providers.  In addition, the company has reached an agreement to acquire one hospice provider.  The two transactions are based in Tompkinsville, Kentucky and Valley Alabama, […]

LHC Group to Acquire Home Care Companies for $60 Million

National home care provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) is getting even bigger. The company announced this week it will acquire Deaconess HomeCare and Elk Valley Health Services—two subsidiaries of BioScrip, Inc.—for $60 million. The deal will bolster LHC’s geographical footprint to include 342 locations across 27 states. Deaconess HomeCare, established in 1969, and Elk Valley […]

Kinnser Home Health and Hospice Tech Company Sees Sales Up 40%

Home health and hospice technology is continuing on its upward path.  Software provider Kinnser reports revenue growth in 2013 of 40%, beating expectations and keeping an eye toward more expansion in the future.  “Thanks to our innovative, high energy team, Kinnser exceeded expectations in 2013 with a heightened focus on customer service and new solutions-based […]

Hearst Corporation Buys Home Health, Hospice Tech Company

Hearst Corporation has agreed to buy 85% of a software company that serves the home care and hospice industry, an acquisition Hearst says will bolster its healthcare services group.  Through the acquisition of 85% of Dallas-based Homecare Homebase, LLC, Hearst will incorporate the software-as-a-service provider into its existing health care portfolio.  The software allows staff, […]