Big Health System Deals Dominate Transactions in October-The announced merger of two major Texas health systems is October’s deal-of-the-month.
Health IT Sector Showing High Potential for Accelerated Growth – The health information technology sector is poised to become the next big thing for investors in the health-care industry. The physician practices sector experienced the second-highest growth in July, with an emphasis on certain medical practice areas.
Q1-2018 Laboratory Services Update– Uncertainty in the greater healthcare industry continues to trickle down to the laboratory services sector. Questions around the Medicare market-based national fee schedule and the expectation of major payment cuts for laboratory tests looms on the horizon. This reimbursement uncertainty has continued to fuel a robust consolidation market, with many small to mid-sized providers turning to consolidation to fend off industry headwinds.
Amazon Deal Brightens Blasé January Health Transactions Landscape – The late January announcement that Amazon.com Inc., BerkshireHathaway Inc., and JPMorgan Chase & Co. plan to join forces to meet their employees’ health-care needs created a lot of health-care industry dealmaking buzz in a month that was otherwise on the quiet side.
Q3-2017 Laboratory Services Update– The laboratory services market continues to be dominated by two global providers; LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics. With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid releasing a draft of 2018 reimbursement rates in September, the industry could see as much as a 10% hits to reimbursement rates across the board. While a decrease was anticipated, this outcome is far worse than anyone expected. The ability to leverage size and scale has allowed the industry’s largest providers to capitalize on this news.