• Health Catalyst Invests In healthfinch

    To kick off the third quarter, Health Catalyst has announced its second acquisition of 2020. On July 9, the company announced it acquired healthfinch, Inc. for roughly $40 million. healthfinch provides a workflow integration engine delivering insights and analytics into EMR workflows to automate physicians’ ability to close patient care gaps in... Read More »
  • Second Quarter Healthcare M&A Activity Drops

    The decline in second quarter healthcare M&A probably won’t surprise many of our readers. The second quarter was the first full quarter of healthcare M&A in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, and deal making took a hit as a result, as shown in results from our DSO database. Compared with Q1:20, Q2:20 dropped 20%, with 322 transactions... Read More »
  • Sanofi Inks New Licensing Deal

    Just weeks following its agreement with Translate Bio (NASDAQ: TBIO) for COVID-19 vaccine development, Sanofi (NYSE: SNY) has a new agreement with Kymera Therapeutics Inc. Sanofi and Kymera are signing a multi-program collaboration to develop and commercialize first-in-class protein degrader therapies targeting IRAK4 in patients with... Read More »
  • Summit BHC Expands Into West Virginia

    Private equity-backed Summit BHC has announced a new acquisition in West Virginia. The behavioral health treatment company added Highland Hospital to its network for an undisclosed sum. Meridian Behavioral Health Systems, LLC is selling Highland Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility (131 beds) with 24 beds dedicated to psychiatric... Read More »
  • Health Care M&A Deals, July 10, 2020

    The Health Care M&A deals chart is a selection of transactions announced during the prior week(s). The M&A transactions presented here are from our Deal Search Online database, which is updated daily to provide our subscribers with the most up-to-date information and trends in the healthcare industry. The largest deal of the week based on... Read More »
Top 10 Healthcare Services Deals 2010-2019

Top 10 Healthcare Services Deals 2010-2019

What a decade it’s been for health care! The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010, unleased a tidal wave of change on the U.S. healthcare landscape that continues today. Even on the services side, pharmaceuticals figured into several transactions, from acquiring pharmacy benefits managers and contract research organizations (the R&D angle) to wholesale and distribution. With only a few days left in the decade, here’s a chart of the top 10 healthcare services deals announced since January 1, 2010, ranked by disclosed price. Five of the top 10 deals were announced in the last three years, including CVS Health’s (NYSE: CVS) $78 billion shocker targeting Aetna,... Read More »
Cambia Health Combines (Not Merges) with BCBS of North Carolina

Cambia Health Combines (Not Merges) with BCBS of North Carolina

Managed care deals have fallen off the radar recently. In all of 2018, we saw just 25 announcements, down 51% from the year before. The marketplace is certainly undergoing significant changes, as CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) moves ahead with its new subsidiary, Aetna, to create Health Hubs within its retail stores. That combination took Aetna off the acquisition trail. Likewise, Cigna’s (NYSE: CI) acquisition of pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts in 2017 took that managed care company out of the market for the moment. Now comes the unusual combination of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBCNC), based in Durham, and Cambia Health Solutions out in Portland, Oregon. Blue... Read More »
BrightSpring Merges with KKR’s PharMerica

BrightSpring Merges with KKR’s PharMerica

BrightSpring Health Services and PharMerica are merging to create a national home care business with its own pharmacy services provider under KKR & Co. (NYSE: KKR). Both companies are based in Louisville, Kentucky and will continue to operate from there. Financial terms were not disclosed. BrightSpring, formerly known as ResCare, was a portfolio company of Onex Corporation (TOR: ONEX). It provides comprehensive home and community-based health services in behavioral health, digital health, hospice and homecare to complex populations in need of specialized care. Onex acquired ResCare way back in March 2004 for $83.4 million. PharMerica is a specialty pharmacy service provider for the... Read More »
Aetna Sells Medicare Part D Biz to WellCare

Aetna Sells Medicare Part D Biz to WellCare

Even before federal and state officials made the demand, Aetna Inc. (NYSE: AET) agreed to divest its standalone Medicare Part D business to WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: WCG) for an undisclosed price. The deal was struck to help deflect objections to Aetna’s takeover by CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), which was announced on December 3, 2017. The $77 billion price for that deal consists of $69 billion in cash and stock, and Aetna’s debt of approximately $8 billion. This transaction with WellCare is subject to the completion of that deal, which CVS expects will close in the early part of the fourth quarter of 2018. Aetna’s standalone Medicare Part D business includes more than 2.2... Read More »
Amazon Scoops Up PillPack for $1 Billion

Amazon Scoops Up PillPack for $1 Billion

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) finally took the plunge into the pharmaceutical market with its approximately $1 billion acquisition of five-year-old PillPack, an online pharmacy startup based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Financial terms weren’t disclosed in the deal’s announcement, but on June 28, the day of the announcement, The Wall Street Journal quoted sources on the price. In April 2018, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) was reported to be in discussions with PillPack, and targeting a price under $1 billion, according to CNBC. Amazon was also said to be holding  discussions with the company at the time. PillPack is an online pharmacy that delivers medications in pre-sorted dose packaging and... Read More »