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Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 To Outpace 2017 Middle Market Healthcare M&A

Healthcare execs look to make deals in 2018 

(from Modern Healthcare)

If you're a middle-market healthcare executive, the odds are about the same as a coin flip that your 2018 growth plans involve consolidation.

About 150 CEOs, chief financial officers and other top executives from mostly middle-market healthcare companies—or half of respondents to a Capital One Healthcare survey released exclusively to Modern Healthcare—said they plan to buy or merge with existing businesses next year.

The finding underscores the increasing likelihood that 2017's whirlwind of mergers and acquisitions—which some predict will outpace that of 2016—will continue its lively pace well into 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hospice M&A Driven By Interest From Home Health

Home Health Players Line Up for Hospice Deals in 2018

(from Home Health Care News)

The strong role hospice plays in the post-acute care continuum is being realized more and more by consumers, driving a surge in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity and overall interest in the space by home health providers.

In fact, during Amedisys, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMED) third-quarter earnings call, CEO Paul Kusserow declared the company’s focus on larger hospice assets, based on significant growth in recent years.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

5 Healthcare Verticals Among Top Industries For Return On Equity

These Types Of Businesses Have The Highest Returns

(from Forbes)

A friend recently described how his teenage son who mows lawns to earn cash around the neighborhood had decided against adding leaf raking to his services. The young man had figured out that mowing a lawn was a more straightforward and predictable way for a solo operation to generate a few bucks than is raking, gathering and disposing of leaves that may or may not still be falling as he raked.

Anyone investing in a business follows that same process. Evaluating the return or the reward for the effort, time or cash involved is important to determine whether you are making a “good” investment. As my friend’s son quickly understood, some tasks or industries generate better returns than others do.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

When It Comes To Selling Your Healthcare Practice You Have Options

MGMA17: Pros and cons of selling a practice to private equity

(from HealthExec)

Private investors are becoming increasingly active in healthcare acquisitions, which may maximize the purchase price when practices decide to sell, but there are downsides to these transactions compared to be absorbed into a hospital or health system.

Joseph Kahn, an attorney in the Raleigh, N.C. office of Hall Render, the largest healthcare law firm in the U.S., has a simple explanation in his presentation at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) conference in Anaheim, Calif. for why private equity acquisitions in healthcare have been on the rise: “that’s where the money is.”

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2017 Looking To Be The Gold Standard For Healthcare M&A

Hospital Merger and Acquisition Activity on Pace to Potentially Exceed 2016, According to Kaufman Hall Analysis

(from Kaufman Hall)

Hospital and health system partnership transactions for 2017 total 87 as of the end of the third quarter, setting a pace for transactions in 2017 that may exceed the 102 deals completed in 2016. Twenty-nine transactions were announced in the third quarter of 2017, slightly less than the 31 deals announced in the second quarter, according to the latest analysis by Kaufman Hall, a leading provider of strategic and financial consulting services, and enterprise performance management and decision support software.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Private Equity Still Frothy On Home Health Acquisitions

Despite Headwinds, Home Health Valuations Remain High

(from Home Health Care News)

The home health sector has faced a few hurdles since the beginning of 2017.

Publicly announced home health M&A activity proved lackluster in the first and second quarter of the year, as the industry continues to reel from regulation overload from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

But despite these challenges, investors are still drawn to the industry, even as valuations for in-home care services providers have reached “all-time highs.”

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Outpatient ASC M&A Fueled by Health Systems

As outpatient surgeries grow, hospitals look to claim piece of ASC market

(from Modern Healthcare)

With the looming financial threat from the migration of lucrative hip and knee replacement procedures to outpatient settings, some hospitals and health systems have acquired ambulatory surgery centers or formed joint ventures with surgeons in these centers.

That allows hospitals to keep a piece of the revenue.

And it better aligns their interests with surgeons, who like ambulatory centers because the greater efficiency of these facilities lets them do more procedures in a day and make more money, said Naya Kehayes, practice leader for ambulatory surgery at ECG Management Consultants.