Wall Street Stays Amped on Big 3 Home Health Companies

If there is any indication of Wall Street’s continued bullish interest in the home health sector, the surging stock prices experienced by three of the nation’s largest providers is one clear-cut sign, a recent analysis suggests. Amedisys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHC) and Almost Family, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFAM) are leading the pack for […]

Population Health: A Home Care ‘Unicorn’

Home health care providers may be feeling pressure to improve “population health,” but they might not know what that phrase means. And they’re not to blame: While better population health is a stated goal of many new policies and models under the Affordable Care Act, there is no clear, widely accepted definition of the term, […]

Home Health Providers Reel as Margins Plummet

Profit margins for U.S. home health agencies have been in free-fall over the past four years, compromising large, publicly traded companies and putting smaller providers in even more serious jeopardy. In 2010, the full-year margin for four of the largest home health companies averaged 7.1%, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday by the Partnership for […]

Wall Street Bullish on Home Health After Latest Earnings

Despite favorable demographics driving home health demand, some of the nation’s largest home health companies have been beset by problems in recent years. But it appears the tide may be turning, as many of these companies posted good results for the start of 2015 — and Wall Street analysts have responded accordingly. One such company, Amedisys, […]

Home Health Acquisition Prices Keep Climbing

The number of home health mergers and acquisitions dipped in the first quarter of 2015 compared to a year prior, but a trend of high deal values continued to hold strong. The first three months of this year saw 16 mergers and acquisitions of home health and hospice companies, compared with 19 in the first […]

LHC Group to Deepen ACO Ties — With Caution

Five years after the Affordable Care Act ushered in large-scale health system changes, one of the nation’s largest home health providers is achieving success through a relatively conservative approach to new models of payment and care delivery. For the first quarter of 2015, home health and hospice provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) reported $193.1 million […]

Wall Street Interest in Home Care Grows After Medicare Fix

Home health leaders largely applauded Congress after legislation to replace Medicare’s controversial Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) was recently signed into law. And already home care industry groups are seeing positive results from the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or permanent “doc fix,” according to new data. Among Investor’s Business Daily’s 197 industry groups, its Medical-Outpatient/Home Care industry […]

In the Biz: Home Health Joint Venture to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with business activity. Here are some of the industry’s latest investments, acquisitions and partnerships: Strategic Partnership Creates Documentation, Quality Solution For Agencies Jacksonville, Florida-based Forcura and Floral Park, New York-based Quality In Real Time (QIRT) have announced a new strategic […]

Hospitals Have Changed Their Tune on Home Health Partnerships, LHC Chief Says

As hospitals begin to feel some impact from readmission penalties, partnerships with home health agencies are being embraced with unprecedented enthusiasm, said leaders of home health, hospice and comprehensive post-acute health care services provider LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG), during a conference call Thursday. Hospitals’ attention to partnerships with home health agencies is shifting in a “big […]

LHC Group Enters Ala. Three-Party Home Health Venture

National home health, hospice and post-acute care provider LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) announced it has entered into a three party home health joint venture with Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) and Troy Regional Medical Center in the Certificate of Need (CON) state of Alabama. The service area includes seven counties with a population of 415,000. The […]