HCA Healthcare Acquires Texas Rehab Hospital

El Paso, Texas-based Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare, which is owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare, acquired Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital, renaming it to the Las Palmas Del Sol Rehabilitation Hospital East, the El Paso Herald-Post reported Dec. 1. The El Paso-based hospital will provide both inpatient and outpatient rehab services and will expand to 41 beds, which will all be private suites.

PAM Health Acquires 16 Specialty Hospitals from Curahealth and Nautic Partners, LLC

PAM Health (formerly Post Acute Medical) announced that it has acquired 16 specialty hospitals (eight long-term acute care hospitals and eight inpatient rehabilitation hospitals) from Curahealth and Nautic Partners, LLC. The hospitals, which are located in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania, provide growth and strategic opportunities for the company. PAM will continue to employ many key staff members from the Curahealth organization. Based in Enola, Pennsylvania, PAM provides healthcare services in 17 states through more than 60 long-term acute care hospitals and inpatient medical rehabilitation hospitals, as well as 18 locations that also provide outpatient therapy.

Medical Center Hospital of Odessa Partners with Encompass Health and Midland Memorial Hospital on Existing Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Midland Memorial Hospital today announced that Medical Center Hospital of Odessa has become a joint owner of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Midland Odessa, an 80-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that has served the Midland-Odessa region for 27 years. Medical Center Hospital of Odessa’s partnership became effective on July 1, 2021.

Encompass Health and Altru Health System Form Joint Venture

Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Altru Health System announced Tuesday the finalization of their joint venture agreement to own and operate Altru’s existing inpatient rehabilitation unit. Altru’s 23-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit is located on Altru’s South Washington Medical Park campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Altru’s inpatient rehabilitation unit, which will be Encompass Health’s first location in North Dakota, will undergo a name change to Altru Rehabilitation Hospital.

Encompass Health and Piedmont Healthcare Announce Joint Venture to Own and Operate Three Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals in Georgia

Encompass Health Corp. and Piedmont Healthcare today announced they have executed a joint venture agreement to operate inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Georgia. The parties are currently partnered on Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, in Phenix City, Alabama. Recently, the partnership was granted certificates of need to own and operate new inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Atlanta and Columbus, Georgia. Anticipated to be effective June 2021, Piedmont Healthcare will also assume partial ownership of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan in Georgia, a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital opened by Encompass Health in December 2014.

CMS Wants to Boost Payments over 2% for Inpatient Rehabilitation, Psychiatric

CMS wants to boost Medicare payments for inpatient rehabilitation facilities by 2.2% and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3% next year, the agency said Wednesday. According to CMS, the changes would increase federal spending on inpatient rehab by $160 million compared to 2021. Likewise, federal spending on inpatient psychiatric facilities would go up by about $90 million. Regulators plan to require inpatient rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities to report COVID-19 vaccine coverage among their healthcare personnel.

Kindred Healthcare and OSF HealthCare Announce Plans for Combined Inpatient Rehabilitation and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital in Central Illinois

Kindred Healthcare, LLC (“Kindred”) and OSF HealthCare announced Tuesday a partnership agreement to provide rehabilitation and long-term acute care (“LTAC”) hospital services in central Illinois. Pursuant to the agreement, Kindred and OSF will work together to transform Kindred’s wholly owned hospital in Peoria, Illinois. Peoria. OSF will hold majority ownership of the hospital, which will be renamed and branded to demonstrate being part of OSF HealthCare. The hospital will then be operated as a Catholic health care facility.

Kindred Healthcare and Texas Health Resources Acquire Everest Rehabilitation Hospital of Keller

Kindred Healthcare, LLC (“Kindred”) and Texas Health Resources announced Monday they have acquired Everest Rehabilitation Hospital of Keller. The hospital, now renamed Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Keller, will be operated through an existing joint venture between Kindred and Texas Health Resources. Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Keller, which opened in December 2020, is a 36-bed rehabilitation hospital located in the northern suburbs of Fort Worth at 791 S. Main St., Keller, Texas. Kindred and Texas Health Resources also operate Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth, which opened in April 2011. It is a 66-bed hospital located in the medical district of Fort Worth.

Kindred Healthcare and Mercy Acquire Everest Rehabilitation Hospital of Oklahoma City

Kindred Healthcare, LLC and Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City announced Monday they have acquired Everest Rehabilitation Hospital of Oklahoma City. Kindred and Mercy will operate the hospital, now renamed Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City South, through their existing joint venture. Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City South is a 36-bed rehabilitation hospital located in the southern part of Oklahoma City at 7900 Mid America Blvd. Kindred and Mercy also operate Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City, which opened in October 2012 and is located in the northern part of the city.

Kindred Health CEO Staying Focused on Growth Strategy

With more than 1,700 locations in 46 states, Kindred Healthcare has a unique perspective on caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its network spans long-term care, rehabilitation and behavioral health. And despite the financial pinch the pandemic has put on the industry, Kindred President and CEO Ben Breier says the organization is well-positioned to stick with an ambitious growth strategy. He recently talked with Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Matthew Weinstock. The following is an edited transcript.