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CHEMED CORP (CHE)

Chemed Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides end-of-life hospice care services primarily in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Vitas and Roto-Rooter. The Vitas segment focuses on noncurative hospice care for ill terminally patients. It provides direct medical services and counseling to patients and their families through doctors, nurses, home health aids, social workers, clergy, and volunteers. The Roto-rooter segment provides plumbing and drain cleaning services through company-owned branches, independent contractors, and franchisees in the United States and Canada. It also has licensed franchisees in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. The company was formerly known as Roto-Rooter, Inc. Chemed was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.


ALMOST FAMILY INC (AFAM)

Almost Family, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide home health nursing and adult day health services. The company operates in two segments, Home Health Care and Adult Day Care. The Home Health Care segment includes two divisions, Visiting Nurse (VN) and Personal Care (PC). The VN division provides skilled medical services in patients'' homes to enable recipients to reduce or avoid periods of hospitalization and/or nursing home care. The PC division provides services in patients'' homes through a para-professional staff, such as home health aides. The company's Adult Day Health Services segment provides health services to disabled or frail adults. These services are provided in the company''s physical facilities. The company operates 20 adult day care centers, as of December 31, 2004. Almost Family has service locations in Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Alabama, and Indiana. The company was incorporated in 1985. It was formerly known as Caretenders HealthCorp and changed its name to Almost Family, Inc. in 2000. The company is based in Louisville, Kentucky.


AMEDISYS INC (AMED)

Amedisys, Inc. provides home health care nursing services in the United States. The company offers home health nursing services, infusion therapy, respiratory therapy, and home medical equipment, as well as hospice services for improving the quality of life of terminally ill patients and their families. The company also offers disease management programs for wound care, cardiac, diabetes, pulmonary/respiratory, pneumonia, cardiovascular, and cancer. As of December 31, 2004, Amedisys operated 108 home care nursing offices and 2 hospice offices in the southern and southeastern United States. The company was founded by William F. Borne in 1982. Amedisys is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


ALLIED HEALTHCARE INTERNATIONAL INC (AHCI)

Allied Healthcare International, Inc. provides flexible or temporary healthcare staffing services to healthcare industry in the United Kingdom. Its healthcare staff primarily includes nurses, nurses aides, and home health aides. The company places its staff principally in hospitals, nursing homes, and care homes. It also supplies medical-grade oxygen for use in respiratory therapy in the U.K pharmacy market and to private patients in Northern Ireland. As of November 30, 2005, the company operated an integrated network of approximately 110 branches. Allied Healthcare was formed in 1981 and is based in New York City.


GENTIVA HEALTH SERVICES INC (GTIV)

Gentiva Health Services, Inc. provides home health services in the United States. It operates licensed Medicare-certified nursing agencies that provide various combinations of skilled nursing and therapy services, paraprofessional nursing services, and homemaker services to pediatric, adult, and elder patients. The company provides administrative services, as well as coordinates the delivery of home nursing services, acute and chronic infusion therapies, medical equipment, and respiratory products and services for managed care organizations and health plans. Its administrative services include the fulfillment of case requirements, care management, provider credentialing, eligibility and benefits verification, data reporting and analysis, and coordinated centralized billing for the services provided to the customer's enrollees. In addition, the company provides Gentiva Orthopedic Program, which provides individualized home orthopedic rehabilitation services to patients recovering from joint replacement or other orthopedic surgery; Gentiva Rehab Without Walls that offers home and community-based therapies for patients with traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accident injury, and acquired brain injury, as well as other complex rehabilitation cases; Gentiva Safe Strides Program, which provides therapies for patients with balance issues who are prone to injury or immobility as a result of falling; and Gentiva Cardiopulmonary Program that helps patients and their physicians manage heart and lung health in a home-based environment. Further, Gentiva offers various consulting services to home health agencies, including billing and collection activities, onsite agency support and consulting, and operational support. The company was incorporated in 1999 and is headquartered in Melville, New York.


APRIA HEALTHCARE GROUP INC (AHG)

Apria Healthcare Group, Inc. provides home healthcare services, and related products and supplies as part of a care plan. It operates in three segments: Home Respiratory Therapy, Home Infusion Therapy, and Home Medical Equipment/Other. Home Respiratory Therapy segment provides home respiratory therapy services to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, nervous system-related respiratory conditions, obstructive sleep apnea, congestive heart failure, and lung cancer. It provides oxygen systems, home ventilators, sleep apnea equipment, nebulizers, respiratory medications, and related services. This segment also offers infant apnea monitors, continuous positive airway pressure devices, and noninvasive positive pressure ventilation. Home Infusion Therapy segment offers infusion therapy services, including the administration of drugs or nutrients directly into the body intravenously through a needle or catheter. It also administers enteral nutrients directly into the gastrointestinal tract through a feeding tube. Home Medical Equipment/Other segment provides patient safety items, ambulatory aids, and in-home equipment, such as wheelchairs and hospital beds. The company also offers other services, such as educating patients and their care-givers about illnesses and providing them with written instructions about home safety, self-care, and the proper use of their equipment; monitoring patients' individualized treatment plans; reporting patient progress and status to the physician and/or managed care organization; providing in-home delivery and set-up of equipment and/or supplies; maintaining and repairing equipment; and processing claims to third-party payors and billing and collecting patient co-pays and deductibles. The company offers its services primarily to physicians, managed care organizations, hospitals, medical groups, home health agencies, and case managers in the United States. Apria Healthcare Group is headquartered in Lake Forest, California.


MATRIA HEALTHCARE INC (MATR)

Matria Healthcare, Inc. provides disease management services and related products for medical conditions and chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory disorders, obstetrical conditions, cancer, obesity, depression, chronic pain, and hepatitis C. The company operates in two segments, Health Enhancement, and Women's and Children's Health segment. The Health Enhancement segment offers disease management services to employers and health plans for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disorders, cancer, obesity, depression, and chronic pain. It also provides diabetes products and supplies, and certain other services directly to patients in Germany. In addition, Health Enhancement segment designs, develops, assembles, and distributes three primary product lines used by patients with diabetes to obtain blood samples for testing blood glucose levels, which include standard lancets, lancing devices, and safety lancets. The Women's and Children's Health segment offers a range of clinical and disease management services to enable physicians and payors manage maternity patients. It manages patients with gestational diabetes, hypertension, hyperemesis, and anticoagulation disorders, as well as patients experiencing or at risk for preterm labor. The company also provides online health and wellness solutions; and design, development, and manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers in the in-vitro diagnostic, medical, and drug delivery industries. It offers its services to self-insured employers, private and government sponsored health plans, pharmaceutical companies, and patients. The company operates in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Matria Healthcare is headquartered in Marietta, Georgia.


LINCARE HOLDINGS INC (LNCR)

Lincare Holdings, Inc. provides oxygen and other respiratory therapy services to patients in the home, in the United States. Its customers typically suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or asthma, and require supplemental oxygen or other respiratory therapy services. The company offers oxygen delivery equipment, such as oxygen concentrators and liquid oxygen systems, as well as other respiratory therapy services, including nebulizers and associated respiratory medications, noninvasive ventilation, ventilators, and continuous positive airway pressure devices. It also offers home infusion therapies, including parenteral nutrition, intravenous antibiotic therapy, enteral nutrition, chemotherapy, dobutamine infusions, immunoglobulin therapy, continuous pain management, and central catheter management. In addition, Lincare supplies home medical equipment, such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, and other supplies. Lincare Holdings is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida.


LHC GROUP (LHCG)

LHC Group, LLC provides post-acute healthcare services primarily to Medicare beneficiaries in rural markets in the southern United States. It operates in two segments, Home-Based Services and Facility-Based Services. The Home-Based Services segment offers a range of services, including skilled nursing, private duty nursing, physical, occupational, speech therapy, medically-oriented social services, and hospice care. As of September 30, 2004, the company operated 64 home nursing locations, of which 59 were Medicare-certified, and four were Medicare-certified hospices. The Facility-Based Services segment offers services through long-term acute care hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics. As of September 30, 2004, the company operated four long-term acute care hospitals with six locations, all located within host hospitals, and one inpatient rehabilitation facility. It also operated four outpatient rehabilitation clinics and provided contract rehabilitation services to third parties, as of the above date. LHC Group was founded in 1994 and is based in Lafayette, Louisiana.


ROTECH HEALTHCARE INC NEW (ROHI)

Rotech Healthcare, Inc. provides home medical equipment and related products and services in the United States. The company provides its equipment and services principally to older patients with breathing disorders, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, which include chronic bronchitis and emphysema; obstructive sleep apnea; and other cardiopulmonary disorders. It involves in the rental or sale of various respiratory therapy equipment, which comprise oxygen concentrators, liquid oxygen systems, portable oxygen systems, ventilator therapy systems, nebulizer equipment, and sleep disorder breathing therapy systems. Rotech Healthcare also sells inhalation medications, such as albuterol and ipratropium. In addition, it provides driver technicians who deliver and/or install the respiratory care equipment, instruct the patient in its use, refill the high pressure and liquid oxygen systems, and provide maintenance of the equipment. As of December 31, 2006, Rotech Healthcare had approximately 500 operating centers located primarily in non-urban markets in 48 states. The company was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Orlando, Florida.