The Top 10 Healthcare Deals of 2018. So Far

The Top 10 Healthcare Deals of 2018. So Far

It’s been a busy year for healthcare deal makers, and it’s not over yet. With slightly more than 1,700 deals announced as we went to press, this year’s deal volume has already surpassed 2017’s 1,607 total. Dollar volume is on par with last year’s total of $316.3 billion. At the moment, 2018’s spend stands at $316.9 billion. We will likely see a few more big deals in the remaining weeks of December, just as in December 2017. That was the month that CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) and Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced their $77 billion tie-up, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health made their mega-merger public, Optum (NYSE: UNH) announced its $4.9 billion acquisition of DaVita Medical Group (NYSE:... Read More »
Optum Adds Seattle’s Polyclinic to Its Doctor Roster

Optum Adds Seattle’s Polyclinic to Its Doctor Roster

UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum division is a key growth driver for the managed care giant, and M&A is a primary reason. During an investor day meeting in New York on November 27, UNH CEO David Wichmann mentioned the company’s acquisition of The Polyclinic, a 240-doctor group in and around Seattle, Washington. Of course Mr. Wichmann didn’t disclose a price. The 101-year-old practice began looking for a partner after developing a strategic plan that proved too costly even for a group of 240 physicians with 14 locations. The deal with Optum will allow it retain control as a physician-led practice and it will continue to operate under its brand name. The practice... Read More »
Avella Specialty Pharmacy Goes to OptumRx

Avella Specialty Pharmacy Goes to OptumRx

The auction for Riordan, Lewis & Haden’s portfolio company, Avella Specialty Pharmacy, was well under way back in February, according to industry sources. UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) Optum was reported to be in the lead, and then things went dark. It wasn’t until UnitedHealth Group’s third quarter earnings report was published on October 16 that the story ended. Some time in the third quarter, Optum acquired Avella and tucked it into its OptumRx pharmacy services subsidiary. The price wasn’t disclosed, but PEHub cited two sources saying the deal was valued at around $325 million. That’s pretty low, considering Avella’s previously disclosed... Read More »
Humana Adds Physicians in Florida

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 were revealed by The Wall Street Journal in April 2018. While those talks are ongoing, Humana is honing its Medicare and Medicare Advantage services with the recent acquisition of Family Physicians Group based in Orlando, Florida. Financial terms were not disclosed, but it’s a safe bet they were... Read More »
Cigna Bids $67 Billion to Stay in the Race

Cigna Bids $67 Billion to Stay in the Race

Cigna (NYSE: CI) is buying Express Scripts Holdings (NYSE: ESRX) for $67 billion, including debt. Some company was going to buy it, we just weren’t sure who. The deal follows the announcement of the $77 billion CVS Health/Aetna (NYSE: CVS/AET) deal and the $4.9 billion Optum/DaVita Medical Group (NYSE: UNH/DVA) hook-up in December 2017. That’s when the word “disruption” became the top-ranked meme in U.S. healthcare. We’ll grant that CVS’s move into managed care signals a change in business-as-usual. But Optum’s deal for DaVita’s medical group didn’t break new ground. Optum has long been known as a voracious acquirer of physician... Read More »