The Top 10 Largest Hospice Providers of 2019

Though the hospice space remains fragmented, mergers and acquisitions are driving up market share, particularly for large providers. Along with service diversification and application of emerging technologies, M&A is helping to drive growth among the organizations named in LexisNexis Top 100 Hospices of 2019. With 4.5% of market share, VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed […]

Hospices Design Programs for Unique Needs of Military Veterans

As U.S. veterans age with the general population, hospices nationwide are designing programs and engaging in partnerships designed to meet the unique medical, psychological and emotional needs of veterans during the end of life. Roughly 18.2 million military veterans live in the United States, according to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, […]

Acquisitions Spur Amedisys’ Hospice Growth

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is continuing to use acquisitions to build up its hospice footprint as the company braces for disruption to its home health care business stemming from the forthcoming transition to the patient driven groupings model (PDGM).  In the third quarter of 2019 Amedisys hospice segment revenue rose to $162 million, a 57% […]

Hospice M&A Market Goes Strong in Third Quarter

The hospice space saw at least 10 hospice merger & acquisition transactions during the third quarter, a slight dip from the second quarter in which 14 transactions took place. Despite this decline, the hospice M&A market continues to go strong. The hospice merger and acquisitions market has been thriving in recent years, with several top […]

AngMar Medical Holdings Enters Hospice Market Via Acquisition

Mansfield, Texas-based home health provider AngMar Medical Holdings Inc., has entered the hospice space with the acquisition of its first agency, located in Wichita, Kan. The location will operate under AngMar’s new brand, Angels Care Hospice. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  The name of the acquired hospice in Wichita is confidential per […]

Towerbrook, Ascension Health to Acquire Compassus for $1 Billion

Private equity firm Towerbrook Capital Partners and health system Ascension Health have agreed to purchase the Nashville-based hospice provider Compassus at a valuation of $1 billion, with multiples of EBITDA in the low teens, PEHub.com reported.  The two companies will split ownership of Compassus down the middle, each holding an equal stake, according to PEHub.com. […]

Three Oaks Hospice Opens Its Doors, Completes Three Acquisitions

Private equity-backed Three Oaks Hospice, based in Texas, has acquired three hospice agencies in Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. Three Oaks began operating in May. The three acquisitions — Total Hospice & Palliative Care, ABS Palliative and Hospice Care and Fellowship Hospice — increase the hospice’s referral network to more than 200 sources, enabling […]

Walmart to Partner with Amedisys on Expanding Hospice Care

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is partnering with Amedisys (NYSE: AMED) to expand hospice utilization nationwide through the retail giant’s new health care arm Walmart Health.  Walmart Health contracts local health care providers in certain markets to provide primary care, laboratory services, dental optical, diagnostic imaging and other services that will now include hospice and home health, […]

Hospice Sees Uptick in M&A Activity During Q2 2019

The hospice mergers & acquisitions market continues to be robust. Fourteen hospice transactions took place during the second quarter of 2019, up from eight hospice-related acquisitions during the first quarter, according to a report from M&A advisory firm Mertz-Taggart.  The hospice merger and acquisitions market has been thriving in recent years, with several top providers […]

CMS Final Rule Rebases Payment Rates, Changes Election Statement

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has rebased payment rates for the four levels of hospice care in a final rule for Fiscal Year 2020. Among other provisions the rule includes a new requirement that hospices provide an addendum to election statements that would detail care, treatment and services the patient would […]