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Focus on Quality in Value-Based Care Could Impact Hospice M&A

“To stay successful and really be effective at managing your revenue cycle management, it’s getting more sophisticated than it used to be for hospice providers. There’s going to be various iterations of programs coming up and policies that are going to require different payers, and you’ve got to be able to partner with those different payers,” Kulik told Hospice News. “That is something that’s going to be new for hospice providers — that sophistication level.”

Health System Investment in Hospice Unlikely to Become a Trend

Despite recent hospice and home-based care acquisitions involving health systems, such transactions are unlikely to become a common practice during 2021 and 2022. However, health systems are taking a closer look at companies that provide non-medical assistance to help seniors age in place.

Almost Haven, Messed Dominion

On January 30th, 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported the formation of what would later be called Haven under the headline, Triple Threat: Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Rattle Health-Care Firms “The companies said the venture would be “free from profit-making incentives and constraints” and would develop technological solutions to provide simplified, high quality health care for their hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers, but they offered few other details [emphasis – and foreshadowing – added]” .

Webster Equity Partners Plans Sale of Bristol Hospice

Private equity firm Webster Equity Partners is considering the sale of Bristol Hospice, which operates 35 locations across 10 states, PE Hub has reported. Bristol’s EBITDA is in excess of $70 million, indicating that the company is about seven times larger than when Webster first acquired it in 2017...