Telehealth: Answering the Call

If you’ve attended any healthcare deal-making conference in the last few years, you’ve heard that telehealth is one of the hottest target sectors going, right up there with autism services and physician practices (dermatologists, ophthalmologists, dentists, you name it). It’s caught in something of a perfect storm at the moment, as more states and regions […]

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medicaid

Centene Acquires WellCare Health Plans

The sleepy Managed Care sector woke up to a big deal last week. Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced it will acquired WellCare Health Plans (NYSE: WCG) for approximately $17.4 billion. M&A among managed care companies has been dormant since 2015. That’s when, in June,  the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the tax subsidies provided as part […]

Home Health & Hospice Is Primed for Consolidation

The Home Health & Hospice sector is far less fragmented than it was just five years ago. The sector has seen a lot of activity, thanks to the push by payors to move patients towards lower-cost post-acute care settings. That has attracted a lot of investor interest in recent years, and 2018 proved to be […]

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Healthcare Services Roundup through April 2018

It’s been quite a year for healthcare deals in general, with nearly 600 announced transactions in the first four months. That’s 7% more than there were announced in the first four months of 2017. Dollar volume has soared, too. In 2018, $141.8 billion has already been committed to fund the 588 transactions. Thanks to some […]

Humana Adds Physicians in Florida

Humana (NYSE: HUM) hasn’t made a lot of waves in the Physician Medical Group sector. Its larger managed care rival, UnitedHealth Group’s Optum (NYSE: UNH), spent approximately $8.2 billion on two large physician practice acquisitions in 2017 alone. There’s also the distraction of acquisition talks with one of the world’s largest retailers, Walmart (NYSE: WMT), which […]

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IPA

PE Firms Join to Form Home Health Care Giant

Consolidation isn’t a novel concept in the healthcare market, although it has been slow to arrive for some. The Home Health & Hospice sector has experienced a few jolts in the past six months, as three publicly traded giants merged or were split up. Now the private equity side has sent a shock wave through […]

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Stat of the week graph

Stat of the Week: Healthcare M&A Spending up 18% in 2017

The year hasn’t ended, and there are still two weeks to go in the fourth quarter of 2017. The holidays are already under way, with more on the horizon. Before we get too busy, here’s a quick look at where things stand in mid-December.

CVS, Aetna Lead a Potential Big-Deal Parade

The fourth quarter, and the month of December in particular, are usually busy times for mergers and acquisitions, and often when big deals are announced. With one month to go in Q4:17, the pace may be picking up. Deal volume through December 1 stood at 231 transactions (-39% to last year’s 379), and $19.6 billion […]

Deal of the Week: Concentra/Dignity Health

Even as it continues merger talks with the troubled hospital chain, Catholic Health Initiatives, Dignity Health sold its rehabilitation and occupational health division, U.S. HealthWorks for $753 million. The acquirer, Concentra Group Holdings, is jointly held by Select Medical Corporation (NYSE: SEM), Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and minority equity shareholders including Cressey & Company.

What’s Next for Managed Care?

Now that managed care giants are blocked from acquiring each other, they may look outside the sector for growth.