Home wasn’t built in a day

Big health at home news of late, as Amedisys Inc. and Option Care Health—two providers of home health for higher-acuity patients—announced plans to merge in a deal valued at $3.6B. The announcement comes at a time of rising demand for home healthcare models, as well as widespread consumer familiarity with virtual care, pushing big-name brands like Best Buy and Salesforce to stake their ground within the at-home care market.

But home health innovation carries its own set of headwinds. The slowing down of COVID-19 assistance for home health operators—plus the squeeze on operating margin due to rising supply and labor expenses—is driving consolidation among players. Not to mention, market dynamics are shifting as health systems and virtual providers stand up their own home health initiatives, starting with lower-acuity care. We’ll be watching to see how consolidation, partnerships, and middle children activity change what type of care shows up at our doorsteps.

A couple of upcoming Rock Health happenings for our founder friends: 

+ Rock Health Capital and LRVHealth are co-hosting a happy hour for digital health entrepreneurs in Boston on Monday, June 5. Learn more and register here

+ Rock Health Advisory's startup business model and financials benchmark survey is closing soon! Take the survey by Friday, May 26 to receive an exclusive report with the findings. 


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