PDGM Prompts Q4 Downturn in Home Health M&A Activity

The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) likely contributed to a downturn in home health mergers-and-acquisitions activity during the fourth quarter of 2019, according to new data from M&A advisory firm Mertz Taggart. PDGM took effect on Jan. 1. Dealmaking for non-medical home care assets largely remained steady. All in all, 2019 saw at least 42 home […]

Home-Based Care CEOs Dig into the Pros and Cons of M&A

The health services arena recorded more than 1,200 deals in 2019 for the second year in a row, according to the latest figures from international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. As has become the norm, long-term care was the largest sub-sector by volume throughout 2019 — with particularly strong M&A action in the home health and home […]

The Top 10 Largest Home Health Providers in 2019

Regulatory changes and renewed interest from private equity firms has had a major impact on the home health market over the past few years. That impact is easily observed just by looking at the list of largest home health providers in 2019. In order, Kindred at Home, Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and LHC Group Inc. […]

PDGM Changing Home Health M&A Landscape

With a number of upcoming regulatory changes sure to shake up the home health industry — including the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) and a phaseout of Requests for Anticipated Payments (RAPs) — a provider’s future isn’t exactly clear. As a result, questions surrounding how and when to best approach mergers-and-acquisitions […]

Private Equity Buyers Press Pause on Home Health Plans

In a change of pace compared to recent trends, private equity buyers appear to be shying away from home health purchases. There were at least 13 transactions for Medicare-certified home health assets in 2019’s third quarter, with many of those purchases coming from the industry’s big publicly traded companies, according to the latest quarterly M&A […]

Hospice Continues to Trump Home Health Care on M&A Front

Frisco, Texas-based Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: Adus) has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Hospice Partners of America LLC for $130 million cash, the multi-state home care services provider announced Monday. The move is yet another example of how hospice is outpacing home health care on the M&A front. Frisco, Texas-based Addus is primarily a […]

Lack of Scalable Home Care Assets Means Buyers May Have to Get Creative

These days, landing a large personal care services acquisition can often feel like finding a needle in a haystack. As a result, potential buyers may have to become increasingly more creative to grow their home care footprint, M&A experts say. The recent agreement between Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED) and ClearCare Inc. — which allows Baton […]

Home Health Industry Likely Headed for M&A Rollercoaster

If there’s one thing home health care providers can agree on when it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s that the new model is shrouded in uncertainty. Despite attempting to predict expected reimbursement changes and adapting operations accordingly, agencies won’t know exactly how PDGM will affect them until well after its Jan. 1 […]