Home Health Acquisitions On the Run

Home health agencies everywhere have become the favorite targeted acquisitions of “the financial world.” Apparently, there is one seminar that every buyer attended convincing buyers or all kinds (buyers with money, buyers without money, buyers in the private equity space) that: HHAs are ripe for aggregation because the industry is disaggregated; and HHA owners lack business sophistication necessary to bring their businesses to the “next level.” Unfortunately, some of the buyers lack any true industry experience and are looking at acquisition targets solely from a financial perspective. They’re looking principally at business financials and nothing else. And, worse yet, they’re not focused...

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It’s Not Just Insulin: Lawmakers Focus on Price of One Drug, While Others Rise Too

Michael Costanzo, a Colorado farmer diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2016, has a well-honed ritual: Every six months, he takes an IV infusion of a medicine, Rituxan, to manage his disease, which has no cure. Then he figures out how to manage the bill, which costs thousands of dollars. For a time, the routine held steady: The price billed to his health insurance for one infusion would cost $6,201 to $6,841. Costanzo’s health insurance covered most of it, and he paid the rest out-of-pocket. But last fall the cost for the same 20-year-old drug and dosage jumped to $10,320, even though he was covered by the same insurance. “Why does it have to increase in price all of a sudden?” wondered...

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MD NOW® Offers FREE Flu Shots at All 50+ Florida Locations

With flu season coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, MD Now is offering free flu shots to help keep communities healthy and safe Indian River County – MD NOW® Urgent Care, the largest and one of the fastest growing urgent care providers in Florida, is offering flu shots* free of charge at all of its 50+ locations in Florida. The CDC recommends that all people six months of age and older get a yearly flu vaccine, and now with flu season and COVID-19 happening at the same time, health officials say getting a flu shot is more important than ever. The flu vaccine reduces your chances of getting the flu by 40-60% and statistics from the 2018-2019 flu season show the vaccine prevented an...

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How to read coronavirus news and learn what you actually need to know about staying safe in the pandemic

The news helps people navigate a complex and changing pandemic world. But they may not always remember what they need to. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes With COVID-19, a news story that may be 100% accurate can still unintentionally mislead readers about the greatest threats of the pandemic. The unintended outcome results from a lesson taught to every journalism student: Use “real people” to “humanize” the news. The “real person” in COVID-19 stories may be a mom concerned about her child getting sick in the classroom, used as an example in an article about schools reopening. It may be the family member of a person who died from COVID-19, who gives a moving account for a story about the virus’s...

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