naviHealth nears sale to giant public company

Updated Tuesday morning:

Cardinal Health has announced its intent to buy a majority stake in naviHealth in a deal expected to close later this week. Ohio-based Cardinal is paying $290 million in cash for 71 percent of Brentwood-based naviHealth — which works with some 2 million health plan members — with the goal of buying the remainder of the company in stages over the next four years.

“Discharge and post-acute care coordination is critical for both hospital CEOs and their patients, as care is increasingly delivered in alternative sites and payment models shift the focus to patient outcomes rather than activity,” said Michael Petras, president of Cardinal Health at Home. “The acquisition of naviHealth aligns with Cardinal Health’s strategic priority of offering the most complete and integrated suite of services to meet the needs of our Integrated Delivery Network, hospital and other customers.”

Clay Richards, CEO of naviHealth, and his team will stay on to run the company and report up Petras. Cardinal executives say naviHealth will be accretive to the earnings of their medical segment, which in fiscal 2015 posted a segment margin of 3.8 percent on revenues of more than $11 billion.

As originally reported:

Milt Capps on Monday afternoon reported that medical products and services distribution giant Cardinal Health appears to be on the verge of buying local post-acute care manager naviHealth in a deal that could be worth as much as $400 million.

A Federal Trade Commission filing — check it out here — shows the deal clearing a notable regulatory hurdle. Buying naviHealth would be Cardinal's second major 2015 move involving a Middle Tennessee company: In April, the $103 billion-revenue company (Ticker: CAH) snapped up Metro Medical Supply.

SEE ALSO: A news release Monday from naviHealth saying it has extended its contract with a large Wisconsin health plan

Aug 25, 2015 7:12 AM

naviHealth aligns with California hospitalist

California-based acute hospitalist and post-acute provider organization IPC Healthcare has announced it has entered into an alliance with naviHealth of Nashville in a deal for which terms were not disclosed in a release.

IPC, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, will provide clinical and other care coordination services for the BPCI initiative in collaboration with naviHealth.

Read more here.

Jun 10, 2015 2:51 PM

naviHealth hooks up with HCR ManorCare

Post-acute care management company naviHealth has been chosen by national long-term care player HCR ManorCare to help it better analyze its data, coordinate its services and cut hospital readmissions. Ohio-based HCR runs more than 500 facilities around the country and employs some 56,000 people.

Feb 4, 2015 8:52 AM

NaviHealth announces post-acute partnership with skilled nursing provider

Post-acute care analytics company naviHealth has announced a partnership with Golden Living, a national skilled nursing company.

Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed in a release, Nashville-based naviHealth and Golden Living will collaborate on clinical initiatives to enhance post-acute care. Using naviHealth's analytics platform, the companies will share data and coordinate on emergency room diversion and readmission programs.

"Through this collaboration with Golden Living, naviHealth continues to positively impact post-acute care on a large scale by implementing innovative solutions that enhance outcomes while driving down costs," Clay Richards, naviHealth president CEO, said in a release. "Our partnership with Golden Living to deliver comprehensive care management services to its eligible skilled nursing facility providers is hopefully the first of many such alliances we can forge to improve the delivery and management of post-acute care across the country."

Dec 11, 2014 12:04 PM

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Jul 2, 2014 10:00 PM

naviHealth sets up D.C. think tank

Ex-CMS exec to lead post-acute care research initiative
Jun 16, 2014 2:24 PM

naviHealth lands Highmark partnership

Post-acute company to manage Pennsylvania Medicare Advantage members
May 21, 2014 2:14 PM

naviHealth to manage post-acute care for Wisconsin insurer

Post-acute care company naviHealth announced today a collaboration with Security Health Plan of Wisconsin to manage post-acute services for the health plan's Medicare Advantage and commercial members.

Through the deal, terms of which were not disclosed in a release, naviHealth will assess Security Health members in the hospital to manage their post-acute care and rehabilitation. The company announced a similar partnership last month with a Michigan-based insurer to use decision-support technology in post-acute care management.

"We are thrilled to work with Security Health Plan to provide personalized care plans for the members, delivered through our high-tech high-touch approach," Clay Richards (pictured), naviHealth president and CEO, said in the release.

Mar 4, 2014 11:03 AM

naviHealth in post-acute partnership with Michigan insurer

Nashville company to help develop care management plans
Feb 18, 2014 12:56 PM

naviHealth names former HealthSpring exec as new COO

Post-acute care company also adds investment advisor to board of directors
Jan 9, 2014 1:17 PM