Tufts Health and Harvard Pilgrim Plan to Merge

The Boston area has seen a lot of hospital merger and acquisition activity in recent years, some of it successful, some not. Now two not-for-profit health plans are merging, chasing the same goal of scaling up and reducing costs through streamlining administrative processes. Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, both based in the […]

healthcare payment
healthcare payment

Healthcare Payment Firm Bought for $3.2 Billion

As the healthcare market evolves, so does the need to manage the payment flows between managed care companies, providers and patients. That rising demand surely played a role in UnitedHealth Group, Inc.‘s (NYSE: UNH) acquisition of Equian LLC, an end-to-end healthcare payment firm.  UnitedHealth paid approximately $3.2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the […]

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. […]

Q3:2018 Health Care Deal Dollar Volume

A total of $30.4 billion was spent to fund the 435 transactions reported in Q3:18, based on disclosed prices. The Hospital sector dominated the dollar side of deal making for the first time since 2013, accounting for 27% ($8.2 billion) of spending. A single deal accounted for 68% of the Hospital sector’s total, as RCCH […]

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 […]

private equity
private equity

UnitedHealth Doubles Down

UnitedHealth Group is not taking much time off this summer, in what continues to be one of the most active healthcare M&A years on record. It recently announced the acquisition of Peoples Health, a Medicare Advantage plan based in Metairie, Louisiana, that has 63,000 members. Included in the acquisition were four clinics plus Capital City […]

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 […]

healthcare staffing firm
healthcare staffing firm

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 […]

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 […]