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14. Almost Family
Almost Family
Rank: 14 (Previous rank: N.A.)
CEO: William B. Yarmuth
Address: 9510 Ormsby Station Rd.
Louisville, KY 40223-5016
Almost Family provides short-term at-home medical care in 11 states, with almost half of its 108 branches in Florida. Its 6,000-strong staff of caregivers includes nurses, occupational and speech therapists and home health aides.

Profits rose a staggering 223% from 2007 to 2009, driven mostly by Medicare reimbursements. But those payments have drawn scrutiny: This summer, the SEC opened an investigation into Almost Family's operations after the Wall Street Journal reported that companies in the sector were increasing the number of home visits not for medical reasons, but in order to cash in on a Medicare incentive. The company has stated that it is cooperating with the SEC inquiry.

--R.O.

What kind of businesses do you think are primed to grow in a sluggish economy?
  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 310.7 50 16
Net income** 26.4 ó ó
Total return ó 22 24
Earnings per share ó 51 51
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $26.82
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 8
Industry: Health Care
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 SXC Health Solutions 6 1,599.8
2 HMS Holdings 10 244.2
3 Thoratec 13 406.0
4 Almost Family 14 310.7
5 Intuitive Surgical 21 1,192.4
6 Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions 22 728.3
7 Illumina 27 692.7
8 Cubist Pharmaceuticals 31 585.1
9 Celgene 34 2,876.1
10 Luminex 42 128.3
11 Amedisys 47 1,584.6
12 Perrigo 55 2,157.7
13 China-Biotics 62 81.4
14 Mindray Medical International 63 645.9
15 Community Health Systems 81 12,355.6
16 Neogen 82 132.3
17 Bio-Reference Laboratories 89 409.4
18 Biogen Idec 91 4,449.7
19 LHC Group 93 553.4
20 ICON 95 886.9
21 Catalyst Health Solutions 96 3,023.4
22 Gilead Sciences 98 7,566.8
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
Notes:
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
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