DaVita and Optum Make It over the Finish Line

DaVita and Optum Make It over the Finish Line

It’s been a long road for DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA) and Optum (NYSE: UNH), but the deal is finally done. On June 19, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission approved Optum’s acquisition of DaVita Medical Group, a $4.9 billion deal when it was announced on December 6, 2017. A year later, the final price was renegotiated down to $4.34 billion. At the time of the initial announcement, Optum agreed to pay cash for the medical group and its network of nearly 300 medical clinics, 35 urgent care centers and six outpatient surgery centers. It operated and managed physician networks in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Washington and served approximately 1.7... Read More »
U.S. Renal Care Gets Big New Backers

U.S. Renal Care Gets Big New Backers

U.S. Renal Care has new owners, as of February 13. It marks the first renal-related transaction in 2019 and it won’t be the last. The national dialysis provider was backed by a consortium of private equity firms such as Leonard Green & Partners, Frazier Healthcare Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Cressey & Company. Stepping in to take over is Bain Capital Private Equity, Summit Partners and Revelstoke Partners, with participation by the company’s executive management team. Financial terms were not disclosed, naturally. U.S. Renal Care works with nephrologists to develop, acquire and operate outpatient treatment centers for people suffering from chronic kidney... Read More »
Physician Practices Kept Consolidating in Q2:18

Physician Practices Kept Consolidating in Q2:18

Investor interest in physician medical groups ramped up significantly in 2018, with 55 transactions announced in the first quarter, followed by 53 deals in the second quarter. The second quarter deals represent 29% of the total of 184 announced in the previous 12 months. Deal volume slipped 4% compared with the previous quarter but posted a 61% increase versus the same quarter a year earlier. Physicians in small practices have been under growing pressure from regulations and legislation, changes in reimbursement cycles and episodes of care. Under MACRA, they may be the lead provider when it comes to bundled payments, which makes primary care and hospital-based physicians of interest to... Read More »
New Enterprise Associates Adds Paladina Health to Its Portfolio

New Enterprise Associates Adds Paladina Health to Its Portfolio

New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has a strong healthcare portfolio, filled with digital health, population health management and physician practices. On June 6, the private equity firm added another physician group, Paladina Health, for a reported $100 million. It’s not surprising that the bidding was “highly competitive,” according to a CNBC source, and that there were other private equity firms in the process. What is interesting is the nod that “a large retailers and pharmacy chain” was also in the hunt. Hello, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS)? Paladina Health, a subsidiary of DaVita Inc. (NYSE: DVA), is a primary care practice with 53 clinics in 10 states. It... Read More »
Physician Practices Kept Consolidating in Q2:18

DaVita Dumps Its Doc Group for $4.9 Billion

Kidney care specialist DaVita (NYSE: DVA) made good on its statement that it was exploring strategic alternatives for its DaVita Medical Group (DMG). It found a buyer in UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum, which agreed to pay $4.9 billion for DMG, the highest publicly announced price it has paid for a physician group. In January, Optum announced its take-out of Surgical Care Affiliates, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCAI) for $3.2 billion. The company partners with health plans, medical groups and health systems to develop and optimize surgical centers. At the time of the announcement, it operated 205 surgical facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals, in partnership with... Read More »