There's never been a hotter time for the buying and selling of home health, home care and hospice agencies. Indeed, for the first time in more than a decade, all three industries are selling at relative high valuations, analysts point out.

There are several contributing factors for the booming M&A landscape, strong borrowing rates, a robust infusion of private equity investment and the overall strong state of the U.S. economy among them.

With that being said, there are three clear main drivers, however.

  • Diversity: Companies are looking to insulate themselves from adverse market and regulatory changes by branching out into different business lines.
  • A 'one-stop shop' mentality: Home health, home care and hospice players are striving to operate throughout the continuum of care so both payers and customers never have to leave their business.
  • Prioritizing value over volume: Companies are positing themselves to take advantage of value-based care opportunities and alternative-payment models.
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