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 […]

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 […]

Universal Health Ups its UK Holdings

The United Kingdom is still luring behavioral health buyers from the United States. Last week Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) picked up Alpha Hospitals Holdings Ltd., a privately held company, for an undisclosed price. Alpha operates four behavioral health hospitals with a combined total of 305 beds. It will be added to Universal’s London-based Cygnet […]