Angels of Care, a leading and rapidly growing provider of home health services to pediatric patients with complex medical conditions, announced today strategic partnerships with Nursing Solutions and Mission Medstaff. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed. Nursing Solutions has been a provider of home health services in Arizona since 1992. The company offers a full range of long-term skilled nursing care for pediatric and adult patients, as well as non-skilled home care and respite service. Founded in 2009, Mission Medstaff is a provider of home health services in North Carolina and South Carolina. The business offers specialized, highly skilled in-home care to children and their families, as well as adults.
Pediatric Health Care Alliance (PHCA) has completed a merger with New Tampa Pediatrics and Dr. Jaydeep Patel. Dr. Patel has relocated to the PHCA office in Wesley Chapel. Pediatric Health Care Alliance was established in 1997 by a respected group of local, long-standing Tampa Bay pediatricians. PHCA has since grown to become the largest pediatric group on the West Coast of Florida, while remaining independently owned by its pediatricians. PHCA currently offers 14 neighborhood locations with more than 50 board-certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners.
Despite COVID-19 being more lethal in older people, the pandemic and its effects have not spared pediatric hospitals. Pediatric patient volumes were hard hit in the early months of this year amid the onset of the public health crisis, but they’ve been slower to return compared with adult acute care facilities, a lingering problem for operators. The drag on volumes will likely be coupled with cuts to Medicaid programs as state budgets get pinched, a major concern for children’s hospitals that rely heavily on Medicaid for reimbursement.
After reaching a historic low of 4.7 percent in 2016, the child uninsured rate began to increase in 2017, and as of 2019 jumped back up to 5.7 percent. This increase of a full percentage point translates to approximately 726,000 more children without health insurance since the beginning of the Trump Administration when the number of uninsured children began to rise. Much of the gain in coverage that children made as a consequence of the Affordable Care Act’s major coverage expansions implemented in 2014 has now been eliminated.
Dr. Akram A. Salihi, a long time pioneer pediatrician in Rosedale and White Marsh with over 50 years of experience in private practice finally retired from his very busy Pediatric practice. Dr. Salihi has decided to retire due to his old age and the coronavirus pandemic and has entrusted his patients to Dr. Melanie M. Garcia of Kiddie Health Pediatrics. In July 2020, in spite of the ongoing pandemic, Kiddie Health Pediatrics finalized the acquisition of Dr. Akram Salihi’s pediatric practice to include bringing in a Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner, Megan Kretzschmar to help with Dr. Garcia’s additional patients.
Texas Children’s Pediatrics (TCP), the nation’s largest pediatric primary care network, today announced its eighth and ninth locations in Austin, Texas. Texas Children’s Pediatrics Capital Pediatric Group Central – at 1100 West 39th Street – and Texas Children’s Pediatrics Capital Pediatric Group North – at 4100 Duval Rd., Bldg. IV, Ste. 100 – join the growing network of over 50 locations offering high-quality, accessible and personalized pediatric care to Texas families. At Capital Pediatric Group, Dr. Sandra Treybig, Dr. Jayashree Mani, Dr. Helen Ma, Dr. Allan Frank, Dr. Thomas Hughes Jr., and Linda M. Stephens strive to offer personalized and compassionate medical care to the patient families they serve daily. For over 50 years, Capital Pediatric Group has been committed to meeting the individual needs of every child and family by providing the best environment for each patient’s medical, developmental and emotional well-being.
New Hyde Park-based PM Pediatrics, a pediatric urgent care provider, has expanded to Illinois, with a new acquisition. The provider has opened its newest location in Naperville, making this its first Illinois location and 57th in the United States. With this new 3,927-square-foot location, PM Pediatrics purchased UrgiKids, owned and operated by Dr. Seema Awatramani and Dr. Kelly Cleary. Staff will remain at the location as employees of PM Pediatrics.
Just a few months after officially launching its product, Kansas City-based TheraWe has sold to a New York company that landed on last year’s Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The 3-year-old startup developed a website and app for therapy providers and parents of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. During the pandemic, TheraWe experienced a “surge in demand” from providers interested in using the platform to engage with parents remotely, TheraWe co-founder Kirby Montgomery said. The pandemic also spurred New York-based Rethink Autism Inc. to find ways to improve its parent engagement within pediatric therapy, he said. The global health technology company offers cloud-based tools, training and clinical support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregivers.
Though seniors receive most of the hospice care in the United States, a rising number of hospice and palliative care providers are focusing more of their attention on a very different patient population: children with serious or terminal illness. More than 47% of hospice patients in 2017 were older than 85, according to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and only 5.1% were younger than 65. Current data on pediatric hospice utilization are scarce; nevertheless providers are recognizing that many seriously ill children as well as adults have a need to receive palliative or hospice care in their homes.
Children have largely escaped the ravages of COVID-19, but children’s hospitals have not eluded the financial pain the pandemic has wrought on health care providers. Pediatric hospitals offered themselves as backups to their adult counterparts in case of a surge of coronavirus patients. They suspended nonemergency surgeries and stockpiled protective gear and virus test kits, according to hospital executives and financial analysts. But, in many regions, the surge was smaller than anticipated – or hasn’t materialized. And children’s hospitals that have offered to take sick kids off the hands of adult hospitals, or extend the age of people they admit, have not seen an influx of patients to fill the beds they emptied. As a result, numerous pediatric facilities, like many of the adult ones, face sharply declining revenues and extra expenses.
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