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Deal of the Week: Almost Family/LHC Group

The Home Health & Hospice sector is gearing up for a busy 2018, compared with the sluggish performance turned so far in 2017. Two leading companies, LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) and Almost Family (NASDAQ: AFAM) announced a “merger of equals” on November 16. That transaction followed third-quarter earnings calls from Amedysis (NASDAQ: AMED) and Brookdale […]

Good-Bye, ACA. Now What?

And so it begins. A new year, a new administration, and a foreboding that things can and will go wildly out of control in the healthcare industry, as the new administration dismantles the Affordable Care Act and doesn’t bother to replace it. Judging from the market’s behavior since the November 8 election, the notion that […]

Home Health Sector Closes 2016 in ‘Epic’ Deal

The year is ending on a high note for mergers and acquisitions in the Home Health & Hospice sector. Deal volume reached 54 transactions by mid-December, and could go higher as we finish up the year. Last year ended with 51 transactions. Consolidation continued, as buyers such as Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) and Epic Health Services […]

Community Health Systems Starts Divesting Hospitals

It’s no secret that Community Health Systems (NYSE: CYH) has a $15 billion debt load, and that despite its spin-off of Quorum Health Corp. (NYSE: QHC) last April, its financial performance hasn’t improved. During the company’s third-quarter earnings call on November 1, CEO Wayne Smith said the company was in discussions to shed 17 of its […]

Almost Family Inc. Becomes Third Largest Home Health Operator

The Home Health Care & Hospice sector just announced its 47th acquisition of 2016, and with about two months to go, it is likely that this sector will surpass last year’s total of 51 acquisitions. On October 17, 2016, Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM), a provider of home health nursing, rehabilitation and personal care services […]

Home Health & Hospice M&A Remains Steady in Q4:15

After a decline in home health and hospice acquisitions earlier in the year, M&A activity steadied itself in the third and fourth quarters of 2015. There were 12 publicly announced transactions in the fourth quarter, matching the level in the third quarter but well below the fourth quarter of 2014, when there were 20 announced […]

Almost Family Adds to its In-Home Assessment Segment

Home health care is still a hot sector going into 2016, as more health care providers and investors stay on the hunt for quality targets that provide low-cost care to post-acute patients. Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) kicked off the year with its acquisition of Long Term Solutions, Inc., which provides in-home nursing assessments for the […]

Almost Family Buys into In-Home Assessments

Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM) made a strategic acquisition last week that moves it into the growing health assessment market. The company paid $13,354,200 ($2 million in cash and approximately 260,000 shares of AFAM common stock) to buy Ingenios Health Co. of Jacksonville, Florida. Ingenios provides technology-enabled in-home clinical assessments for Medicare Advantage, Managed Medicaid and Commercial Exchange […]