Business Briefs: Bayshore HealthCare, Lincare Holdings

Bayshore HealthCare Acquires Alpha Home Health Care Victoria, BC-based home health care provider Bayshore HealthCare acquired Alpha Home Health Care, another home health care provider that has been based in Victoria for more than 40 years. The sale was completed May 31, and was prompted by the retirement of Alpha’s president and second-generation owner, Don […]

Movers & Shakers: VITAS, AngMar Holdings

VITAS Healthcare Appoints New COO VITAS Healthcare, an end-of-life care provider based in Miami, has named Joel Wherley as chief operating officer. In this role, Wherley reports to VITAS CEO Nick Westfall and oversees the operations of the company’s 44 hospice programs in 14 states, which reach more than 16,300 patients daily. Wherley has 30 years […]

Business Briefs: 24Hr HomeCare Enters Into New Partnership

24Hr HomeCare and Partners in Care Foundation Form Partnership The San Fernando, California-based nonprofit community organization Partners in Care Foundation has partnered with 24Hr HomeCare to create Partners24. The arrangement is a private label partnership that offers in-home care services such as assistance with daily living activities, according to a press release. Patients of Partners24 […]

Movers & Shakers: LHC Group’s Quarterback Spokesperson

LHC Group Signs Formers Quarterback as National Spokesperson Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG) has signed former professional quarterback Archie Manning as its national spokesperson and ambassador. Manning is a two-time Pro Bowl player and had stints playing with the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers and Minnesota Vikings. Simione Healthcare Consultants Appoints New Senior […]

Movers & Shakers: Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Health System

Kaiser Permanente Hire First Chief Community Health Officer  Kaiser Permanente, a major health care system and non-profit health care plan, has named Bechara Choucair, MD, as chief community health officer and senior vice president of Community Health and Benefit for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. In this new role, Dr. Choucair […]

Where It Pays for Home Health Agencies to Spend More

Home health agencies are feeling a serious squeeze on their margins due to a host of factors, including Medicare cuts, managed care cost containment, rising wages, and a forthcoming pre-claim review from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This environment is making an always important question even weightier than usual—namely, where agencies should […]

Home Health M&A Activity Surges ‘Exponentially’

Home health agencies face a challenging Medicare reimbursement environment, but that has not slowed down merger and acquisition activity. Transactions in fact have increased significantly after a sluggish start to the year, and the high volume is expected to continue in 2016, industry professionals said during a recent webinar. “Several years ago, we predicted that home […]

Home Health Leaders See Future Cuts Driving More Consolidation

The ever-present and impending funding cuts to the home health industry have yet to signal that the sky is falling, but while some providers may be feeling the strain financially, others are more optimistic of the future to come—with short term consolidation in the meantime.  Regulatory cuts to home health Medicare payment rates, such as […]