Business Briefs: All Metro Health Care, Fresenius Medical Care

All Metro Health Care Acquires Massachusetts Home Care Provider All Metro Health Care acquired Independence Healthcare Corp., a Worcester, Massachusetts-based provider of non-medical home healthcare services. All Metro, a home care provider headquartered in Valley Stream, New York and a portfolio company of middle market private equity firm One Equity Partners, serves patients in New York, Pennsylvania, New […]

Business Briefs: HomeHero Founder Launches Telehealth Company

HomeHero Founder Launches Telehealth Company  HomeHero, the venture-backed home care startup that shocked the industry by announcing it was closing earlier this year, is rebranding as an integrative medicine telehealth company called “Harvey.” The new company will offer virtual consultations with functional and naturopathic doctors, in-home lab testing and “natural treatments” to help patients with chronic health conditions, wrote CEO […]

Business Briefs: Ensign, Covenant Care Acquisitions

Ensign Group Acquires Iowa Hospice The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG), which owns and operates a diverse portfolio of senior care service companies, on May 1 acquired the assets of a hospice company in Iowa, the company has announced. Hospice for Wright County now will be owned and operated by Heartland Healthcare Inc., a subsidiary of […]

Insurer Cuts 8 Home Health Providers

Insurance company Highmark has shed eight Pennsylvania home health agencies from its commercial and Medicare Advantage networks for 2016, a move that reflects insurers’ push to partner with the best performing agencies. The agencies cut from Highmark’s network include Renaissance Home Care, Inc. in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County; Titusville Area […]

Home Health Business Briefs: Amedisys in New Medicare Model, WillCare Update

As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the United States, home health care is teeming with activity — from acquisitions and partnerships to new leadership appointments and promotions. Here’s the latest news buzzing around the industry: Willcare to Remain Stable After $51 Million Almost Family Acquisition WillCare Inc. does not anticipate that its current management […]

Home Care Could be Heart of the U.S. Health System by 2024, Leaders Say

Within 10 years, people’s homes could replace hospitals and other settings as the primary location for health care in the United States, according to leaders from technology company Intel and a prominent provider organization. They presented at a recent workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). “The home setting […]

Home Health Referrals Dispute Leads to Supreme Court Petition

A hospital’s refusal to “nudge” patients to a particular home health agency sparked a long-running legal battle that could end at the U.S. Supreme Court, if the justices accept a recently entered petition for them to take the case. The dispute arose after the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Florida, a home health provider, purchased […]

Visiting Nurses Association to Shed Home Care Operations

Dallas-based Visiting Nurse Association will shutter its home health care services as a result of continued losses, the non-profit organization announced this week. As a result of increased costs, diminished reimbursement rates and a proliferation of for-profit home health care agencies in the area, VNA will shift its focus to its other service offerings including […]

Home Health Agency Acquires Physician Practice in Groundbreaking Deal

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Greater Philedelphia acquired the visiting physician practice Home Visit Doctors in a move to provide more comprehensive home health services to the region, the VNA has announced.  Home Visit Doctors, a house call physician practice, has been operating in the Philadelphia region for 13 years with its two physicians, […]