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 […]

Emergency room Hospital M&A
Emergency room Hospital M&A

Hospital M&A Held Steady in Q4:17

Despite a weak third quarter, the Hospital sector’s merger and acquisition activity stayed relatively consistent, with deal volume ranging between 20 and 23 deals per quarter. The fourth quarter of 2017 posted 21 transactions, accounting for 27% of the 78 announced in the prior 12 months. Deal volume was up 40% compared with the previous […]

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Stat of the Week: Hospital M&A up 40% in Q4:17

Hospital M&A activity accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2017. The number of hospital acquisitions rose to 21 in the fourth quarter, up 40% from the 15 publicly announced acquisitions in the third quarter of 2017. Compared with the same quarter in 2016, which posted 23 transactions, activity was down 9%. None of the transactions […]

Deal of the Week: UnitedHealth Buys Banmedica SA

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) wasted no time dwelling on its recent acquisition of DaVita Medical Group (NYSE: DVA) for $4.9 billion. On December 22, the healthcare giant announced its acquisition of Chilean healthcare company Banmedica SA (SSE: SGO) for $2.8 billion. Banmeica sells health insurance, operates hospitals and provides other services. It generated approximately $2.1 […]

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.

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Stat of the Week: ‘Other Services’ Drops 19% in Q3:17

Investors have flocked to the “Other Services” sector this year, as its ancillary nature keeps the companies that comprise it largely outside the purview of reimbursement regulations and other stroke-of-the-pen sectors.

Deal of the Week: Centene/Fidelis Care

Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), the self-declared leader in government-sponsored healthcare in the U.S., has taken over another state. As larger rivals like Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) and UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) quit the individual health insurance exchanges around the country, Centene has marched in. In its first major deal since July 2015, Centene is now tops […]

MCOs Make Deals to Combat High Drug Costs

Drug companies and managed care organizations are working to keep prices from rising precipitously. Then there’s Pfizer.

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.

Reporters Notebook: 10th Annual ACG NY Healthcare Conference

The annual ACG NYC healthcare conference sought to make sense of what the Trump administration is going to do to the Affordable Care Act. A reporter shares her notes.