Home Health Stocks Show Signs of Cooling Off

Fueled by savvy moves from the United States’ two top independent and publicly traded home-based health care providers, home health stocks had seen strong month-after-month growth in 2018. Those hot growth levels now appear to be cooling off. Home health stocks were up just 0.74% in September compared to the previous month, according to the […]

Home Health Investors Undaunted, Stocks Continue Upward March

Not much has shaken home health stocks so far in 2018 — not even the proposed Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) or the potential introduction of an updated pre-claim review initiative. Home health stocks appear to be continuing their upward march, according to the most recent update to Stoneridge Partners’ Home Health Index (HHI), updated monthly. […]

Amedisys, LHC Group, Addus Shares Rise Despite PDGM Concerns

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last month proposed an overhaul to the current prospective payment system for the home health industry with a sweeping new model that experts say would drastically increase billing efforts and force a move away from therapy services. So far, the potential negatives of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model […]

LHC Group Not Backing Off M&A After Mega-Merger

Fresh off its mega-merger with Almost Family, home health care giant LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) is still eyeing big mergers and acquisitions opportunities in 2018. “We might be tempted to sit back and rest on our laurels, but that’s not in our DNA,” CEO Keith Myers said Thursday during the company’s first quarter earnings call. […]

M&A and Financing Newsflash: Addus Finalizes $40 Million Ambercare Deal

Addus Completes Purchase of Ambercare Frisco, Texas-based Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) announced Tuesday it has completed its deal to buy Ambercare Corporation, Inc., a personal care, hospice and home health services provider headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Addus provides home care services to more than 36,000 clients through 142 offices in more than two dozen states. […]

Buyers Snatch Up Unprofitable Hospices in Hot M&A Market

When it comes to mergers and acquisitions, hospice is hot—really hot. In fact, some new buyers entering the market are coming into the space purely because of the tailwinds and strong demographics, even if the operations they purchase aren’t profitable. That’s according to Rich Tinsley, president and CEO of Stoneridge Partners, a health care merger and […]

Home Health Stocks Rebound After LHC, Almost Family Announce Merger

Home health stocks climbed upward in November amid news that two of the industry’s biggest players are merging, according to the Home Health Index December update from M&A advisory firm Stoneridge Partners. Louisville, Kentucky-based Almost Family, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFAM) and Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG), vowed to join forces on Nov. 16. The deal, set to close […]

Small Home Health Agencies Prefer Cash to Legacy

The family-owned business, passed on from generation to generation, is an archetype of American commerce. In practice, however, most “mom-and-pop” home care and home health agencies are content to take the money and run when it comes time to pass the business into new hands. “It’s rare to have a child to take over, rare […]

Home Health Players Line Up for Hospice Deals in 2018

The strong role hospice plays in the post-acute care continuum is being realized more and more by consumers, driving a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity and overall interest in the space by home health providers. In fact, during Amedisys, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMED) third-quarter earnings call, CEO Paul Kusserow declared the company’s focus on […]