Amedisys has agreed to buy the house well being and hospice providers of Visiting Nurse Affiliation (VNA), a nonprofit primarily based in Omaha, Nebraska, the 2 introduced yesterday.
The monetary phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed, though the businesses stated they anticipate the deal to shut on or round July 1.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Amedisys is likely one of the nation’s largest suppliers of dwelling well being and hospice providers with roughly 21,000 workers unfold throughout 514 care facilities in 39 states.
The corporate stated it pursued the deal to develop its presence round Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, each areas the place Amedisys already operates hospices, in keeping with its web site. The corporate additionally stated it might be utilizing its assets to additional construct out providers throughout the two states in an effort to succeed in extra sufferers.
“Amedisys is proud to develop its presence in Omaha’s and Council Bluffs’ healthcare communities and honored to proceed and develop VNA’s century of exceptional hospice and residential well being within the years to come back,” Amedisys president and chief operations officer Chris Gerard stated in an announcement.
VNA, in the meantime, stated that it determined to dump the house well being and hospice a part of its operations after realizing the extra exterior help it might must proceed delivering these providers and others over the long run.
Going ahead, the nonprofit stated that might be completely specializing in the opposite important packages it runs throughout the area. These embody homeless shelter nursing providers, parenting help, immunization providers and, notably, different work connecting the uninsured to dwelling healthcare and hospice providers owned by Amedisys.
“As VNA displays on its mission and lengthy historical past, it has change into clear that we should always return to our unique focus—to serve these locally who could not have the assets for dwelling well being and hospice care providers,” VNA President and CEO James Summerfelt stated in an announcement. “This was our unique mission, and there may be nonetheless large want in our group. We need to be sure that the wants of people and households might be met with experience and compassion properly into the long run.”
This deal follows one other from Amedisys final month by which the corporate introduced plans to accumulate the regulatory property of North Carolina-based post-acute care supplier Constitution Well being Care Group. It closed on that deal and shared plans to open a house well being care middle within the space only a few weeks again.
Elsewhere within the area, the Facilities for Medicare & Medicaid Providers (CMS) recently proposed a 2.3% ($530 million) pay bump in hospice funds for fiscal yr 2022. The company additionally proposed new measures of high quality in addition to Hospice Survey Star rankings just like these already in play for hospitals and ambulatory surgical procedure facilities.
Extra broadly, the Biden administration has called for billions to help entry to home- and community-based care amongst Medicaid beneficiaries.