Drawn largely from proprietary data collected and analyzed by The Braff Group, marketWATCH is a quarterly, sector-specific review of mergers and acquisitions data, trends, news, and commentary

Behavioral Health

Digital Health

Home Health & Hospice


Urgent Care

marketALERT alerts readers to timely news and market developments, i.e. noteworthy transactions, emerging trends, new legislation, initial public offerings, etc.  More importantly, however, we explore how these developments may impact M&A strategies, valuation, timing, and more.

Latest news and announcements from The Braff Group.

The Stepping Stones Group acquires STAR of CA
First Choice Home Health Acquired by Jet Health
Angels of Care Pediatric Home Health Announces Partnership with Varsity Healthcare Partners
Owakihi, Inc. Acquired by Beacon Specialized Living Services, Inc.
Pediatric Home Service acquired by InTandem Capital Partners, LLC


Clearview Capital Announces Acquisition of Premier Care
Pyramid Healthcare Announces Acquisition of WaldenSierra
Abry Partners backs Lighthouse Autism Center
Direct Home Health Care Acquired by Care Advantage, Inc.
Fairhaven Treatment Center Acquired by Refresh Mental Health
Seven Hills Capital, LLC announces the formation of VersiCare Group through a partnership with Bower Management Services (ExpertCare)
Home I.V. Care and Nutritional Services Acquired by Advanced Home Care
Behavior Care SpecialistS acquired by Pharos Capital Group, LLC
Habilitative Services, Inc. Acquired by Civitas Solutions, Inc.


Excell Home Care and Hospice and Excell Private Care Services Acquired by The Ensign Group
Comfort Hospice Care Acquired by The Ensign Group
Alternative Behavior Strategies Acquired by Petra Capital Partners and MMS Health Services
American HealthCare Staffing Association LLC Acquired by BelHealth Investment Partners LLC
Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders Acquired by Walden Behavioral Care
Medistar Home Health, LLC Acquired by Jordan Health Services


Serenity Acres Treatment Center Acquired by Meridian Behavioral Health
Ed Supports, LLC Acquired by Private Investor
Apothecary by Design Acquires Healy Pharmacy
PSA Healthcare Announces Acquisition of Care Unlimited
Huron Consulting Group Acquires MyRounding
MultiCare Acquires Hospice of Kitsap County
Apothecary by Design Acquires Healy Pharmacy
Lifematters Acquires Care Options
PromptCare Acquires Boston Home Infusion Expands Innovative Home Infusion Services & Programs
Ed Supports, LLC Acquired by Private Investor

H.I.G. Growth Partners’ Community Intervention Services Acquires Futures Behavior Therapy Center
BelHealth Investment Partners Acquires Apothecary by Design
The Ensign Group Acquires Apismellis Homecare in Arizona and California
Odyssey Behavioral Healthcare, a New Partnership between Nautic Partners and Scott Kardenetz, Acquires Lifeskills South Florida
Epic Health Services Acquires Medco
Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan SocietyAcquires Heritage Healthcare Services
PharMerica Acquires Alternacare Infusion Pharmacy

Elwyn Pharmacy Group Acquires Glen Rock Medical Pharmacy
Cornerstone Healthcare Acquires Life’s Doors Hospice, Life’s Doors Home Health, and Life’s Doors Home Care Solutions
Celtic Healthcare Acquires VNA-TIP of Missouri
Amerita, a Subsidiary of PharMerica, Expands into Arizona Through the Acquisition of Altius Healthcare
US Community Behavioral Acquires Integrated Development Services
Halcyon Acquires Community Hospice of Mississippi Halcyon Marks Fifth Acquisition and Adds Seven Locations

viewPOINTS are occasional, in-depth, “white papers” on specific topics of interest regarding health care service mergers and acquisitions.

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AdaptHealth hits the NASDAQ
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AdaptHealth announces high-profile merger
Home Health Industry Likely Headed for M&A Rollercoaster
Crowded Urgent Care Market Suffers Growing Pains
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5 M&A Advisors on What Sellers Worry About Most
Option Care positions itself as ‘partner of choice’
Workforce, Financial Challenges Prompt Hospitals to Outsource Home Health Care
The Evolving Landscape of Substance Use Disorder Mergers and Acquisitions
CMS Lifts Moratoria on Home Health After 5 Years
M&A market buzzes in lead up to gap period
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Active year for mergers & acquisitions; small agencies continue to struggle
M&A activity high among substance use disorder facilities
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Insurers see broad market opportunities with end-of-life care
As Demand For ABA Therapy Increases, Investors Buy In
2018 NAHC Influencer Video Series: Mark Kulik
Amedisys Buys Compassionate Care for $340M, Will Become Third-Largest US Hospice Provider
Noted at NAHC: Are You Ready?
Home infusion market sees supply-and-demand issues
How to Manage Unrealistic Valuation Expectations from Sellers
M&A: What will be impact of bid changes?
Optimism greets investors’ sudden interest in autism therapy
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Simplee could lure buyers as patient engagement space heats up, industry sources say
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Changing M&A Trends Make Home Health a Hotter Acquisition Target
Health Care M&A Surged in 2017 Among Providers Big and Small
Buckle up, 2018 is going to be ‘huge’ for M&A, analysts say
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Humana’s agreement to buy Kindred further ‘validates the value of home health’
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Experts forecast 2018 as another big year of home health transactions/Private duty agency transactions continue to see a big boost
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Exit Ramp: FDA Boosts Odds of Pentec Sale
Small Home Health Agencies Prefer Cash to Legacy
Home Health Players Line Up for Hospice Deals in 2018
TCIV: Behavioral health demonstrates unique market dynamics
Transforming bundled payments into episodes of care can give hospitals, payers an edge
Follow-on deals build out portfolios
Could a CVS-Aetna deal actually benefit consumers?
Go figure: The key to big data is actually small data
7 Pipeline Management Tips for Advisors to Close More Deals
What’s Behind the Slowdown in Specialty Pharmacy M&A Deals?
Investment Bankers — Are You Overlooking 66% of Buyers?
Rags to riches to rags: How a booming addiction treatment biz goes bankrupt
Behavioral health continues to attract private equity investors
Addiction treatment: The new gold rush. ‘It’s almost chic’
What Bruce Springsteen Might Say about Urgent Care M&A
Ethics Survey: Drug Testing Remains a Clinical Tug of War
Private Equity Investment in Home Care Hits New High
What Every Business Owner Should Know About Investment Banking Fees
Specialty Pharmacy, Home Infusion Will Still Attract M&A Attention in ’17
M&A market holds steady in 2016
TCIV: Trump Health Policy Hasn’t Shaken The Market
Should You Take an Earnout?
Can Home Healthcare Be Ubered?
6 Considerations for Healthcare CEOs Before a Deal
M&A experts: When it comes to sales, the state of home health is strong
Outlook 2016: Broad View Clarifies Specialty Pharmacy, Infusion M&A Activity
Dos and Don’ts – Organic and Inorganic Growth
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Home health expected to continue increased M&A activity in 2015
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