Hospital Deals Rebound in May 2017

Hospital transactions suddenly sped up in May 2017. Deals are now coming from the private equity-sponsored segment, while the publicly traded chains are mostly unwinding their 2013 acquisitions.

May Day! Hospital Mega-Mergers Ahead

Hospital mergers and acquisitions were relatively quiet in Q1:17. But on May 1, five deals were announced.

Q1:17 Hospital Deals Dwindle

Hospital deal volume in the first quarter of 2017 slipped further on concerns about repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Steward Health Buys 8 Community Health Hospitals

Steward Health acquired eight hospitals spread through Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania from the financially troubled Community Health Systems.

December 2016 Didn’t Deliver a Year-End Boost

The final month of the fourth quarter is typically a busy one for deal makers in all industries. Last year, some health care deal makers apparently got a rest. Deal volume in December 2016 was an anemic 119 transactions, compared with 131 deals in November and 148 in December 2015. The Services sectors accounted for […]

Good-Bye, ACA. Now What?

And so it begins. A new year, a new administration, and a foreboding that things can and will go wildly out of control in the healthcare industry, as the new administration dismantles the Affordable Care Act and doesn’t bother to replace it. Judging from the market’s behavior since the November 8 election, the notion that […]

Hospital Deals Dipped in 2016

What the Affordable Care Act gave to the hospital sector, in the form of millions of more insured patients, it slowly took away, in the form of declining inpatient visits and growing competition from freestanding emergency rooms, ambulatory surgery centers and urgent care clinics. The ACA’s beneficial effects were largely played out by the third […]

Community Health Systems Starts Divesting Hospitals

It’s no secret that Community Health Systems (NYSE: CYH) has a $15 billion debt load, and that despite its spin-off of Quorum Health Corp. (NYSE: QHC) last April, its financial performance hasn’t improved. During the company’s third-quarter earnings call on November 1, CEO Wayne Smith said the company was in discussions to shed 17 of its […]

Almost Family Inc. Becomes Third Largest Home Health Operator

The Home Health Care & Hospice sector just announced its 47th acquisition of 2016, and with about two months to go, it is likely that this sector will surpass last year’s total of 51 acquisitions. On October 17, 2016, Almost Family, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFAM), a provider of home health nursing, rehabilitation and personal care services […]

Quorum Health Pares Its Rural Hospital Portfolio

Just as the Department of Health and Human Services reported that rural hospitals are better at reducing hospital-acquired infections and score better in value-based purchasing plans, Quorum Health Corporation (NYSE: QHC) announced the sale of two of its 38 rural hospitals in October. One analyst says at least six more deals are pending.