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Investment & Consolidation in Autism

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Published March 2018

Autism Services has quickly become one of the most highly sought-after subsectors of healthcare services in recent years as favorable macro-level tailwinds coupled with a fragmented competitive landscape have caused private equity dollars to flow into the sector.

There has been a significant increase in demand for Autism Services as medical providers have steadily diagnosed more children with autism in the past 15+ years. In 2001, one in every 150 children was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (“ASD”) with Indiana as the only state at the time having passed legislation to increase commercial coverage for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Today, the CDC currently estimates one in every 68 American children have autism, but a recent government study found that number could be as high as 1 in every 48 children. With more than 2% of children in the United States living with Autism, care and coverage for children living with ASD has been a prime focus for many local and federal legislators. As of 2018, 46 states and Washington DC have been prompted to pass legislation to reform commercial coverage. This swelling demand for Autism Services due to increased incidence and legislative reform has grabbed the attention of private equity investors leading to significant consolidation within the sector.

Report Summary
• Autism Service Industry
• Private Equity Explained
• Private Equity in Autism
• Transaction Buyer Universe
• Private Equity Activity
• Concluding Thoughts

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