Battle to Dominate At-Home Care Could Shape Senior Living Market and Brookdale’s Future

I recently wrote about the senior living implications of Option Care’s planned acquisition of home health giant Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED). The situation became even more interesting last week, with UnitedHealth Group’s Optum arm making an all-cash play for Amedisys.This news makes it more evident than ever that senior living providers must have business strategies that […]

How a Former UnitedHealth/Optum Leader Aims to Transform Senior Care with Lifespark

Lifespark recently announced the hire of Matt Nyquist, a former leader with UnitedHealth Group’s Optum arm, as chief population health officer. Nyquist will help lead Lifespark’s expansion to states beyond its home base of Minnesota later this year. Lifespark’s growth will mark another milestone in senior living’s evolution toward being more integrated within population health […]

A New Senior Living Operating Model Comes Into View After 2 Years of Disruption

Senior living operators have been enacting changes in operations since the Covid-19 pandemic began, but some adaptations have been fleeting while others have proven longer-lasting.  Recent conversations with several executives — including with large providers such as Brookdale, Frontier and Senior Lifestyle — highlight that operators now have committed to new practices across essentially every […]

What Optum’s $5.4B LHC Group Acquisition Signals for Senior Living

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) has agreed to buy LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) in a deal valued at more than $5.4 billion. With the move, UnitedHealth is combining Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC Group – one of the largest home health providers in the U.S. – and its Optum health care services arm, which is already integrated into […]

Brookdale-HCA Home Health JV Selling Assets in 22 States to LHC Group

Joint venture partners Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) and HCA Healthcare (NYSE: HCA) are selling home health, hospice and therapy agencies across 22 states to LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Lafayette, Louisiana-based LHC expects $146 million in annualized revenue from the acquisition, according to a press release […]

Pay Declines for Welltower, Ventas CEOs in 2016

The top dogs at two of the three major U.S. health care real estate investment trusts (REITs) saw their pay drop last year, according to new SEC documents. Debra Cafaro, the chairman and CEO of Chicago-based Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR), saw her pay drop 11.5% to about $9.6 million in 2016, according to a proxy filing […]

Brookdale Ranks Among Largest Home Health Providers

Providers across the senior care spectrum are tapping into the home health market to expand their services, as evidenced by LexisNexis’ 2015 rankings of the leading providers of home health in the United States. Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) snagged a spot among the top-10 home health providers, and it’s not the only company with […]

Home Health Margins Plunge, Leaving Providers Vulnerable

Senior living providers have been eyeing home health operators in recent years, forging partnerships and undertaking acquisitions to extend services into this part of the care continuum. But while there are compelling reasons for senior living companies to get into the home health game, that sector faces some steep challenges: Profit margins for U.S. home […]