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Hospital Mergers

6 Major Hospital Merger Deals Making Headlines in 2018

January 4, 2018 - In 2017, the healthcare industry saw a boom of hospital merger announcements. And many of those deals are set to close in 2018 pending federal and state regulatory review. Hospital merger and acquisition activity last year was well on its way to beating the 102 deals announced in 2016, according to a Kaufman Hall analysis from October 2017. Last minute announcements in the final two months...


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Top 4 Healthcare Revenue Cycle, Finance Trends to Watch in 2018

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As 2017 comes to an end, hospital and practice leaders are preparing their priority lists and agenda items for next year. The top four healthcare revenue cycle and finance trends that should appear on 2018 agendas include voluntary Medicare alternative...

State Reviews Beth Israel, Lahey Health Hospital Merger

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The proposed hospital merger between Boston health systems Beth Israel Deaconess and Lahey Health is delayed as the state’s Health Policy Commission reviews the deal for healthcare costs, quality, and care access issues, according to local...

Advocate, Aurora and Dignity Health, CHI Sign Hospital Merger Deals

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The healthcare market in Chicago is bracing for some major changes starting with the recently announced hospital merger between Advocate Health Care and Wisconsin-based Aurora Health Care. The largest health system in Illinois revealed its intentions...

Medicare Spends $3.1B More on Hospital-Employed Physicians

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Total Medicare spending on four cardiology, orthopedic, and gastroenterology services increased by $3.1 billion between 2012 and 2015 because of the growing number of hospital-employed physicians, a recent Physicians Advocacy Institute study uncovered....

Sutter Health Destroys Evidence for Case on High Healthcare Prices

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A state judge ruled that California-based Sutter Health intentionally destroyed 192 boxes of documents that pertained to a lawsuit accusing the health system of inflating healthcare prices and practicing anticompetitive behavior. In the ruling,...

Healthcare Merger, Acquisition Activity to Rise Despite Slow Q3

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare mergers and acquisition activity in the third quarter of 2017 may be down by 11 percent compared to last year and 6 percent compared to last quarter. But deal volume still reached over 200 announced transactions for the twelfth quarter...

2017 Hospital Merger Activity Likely to Beat 102 Deals in 2016

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare organizations engaged in 87 hospital merger and partnership transaction so far in 2017, a recent Kaufman Hall analysis showed. The most recent data revealed that 29 hospital merger and partnership deals were announced in the third...

Hospital Mergers Take Two or More Years to Produce Cost Savings

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Hospital mergers and acquisitions resulted in immediate decreases in operating expenses per adjusted admission. However, acquired facilities also saw operating revenue decline at a higher rate, leading to falling operating margins for the first...

Health Systems Responsible for 70% of Acute Care Hospitals

by Jacqueline Belliveau

New data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) showed that most hospitals were part of a health system in 2016. Almost 70 percent of non-federal generate acute care hospitals belonged to a health system, or network of at...

Small Transactions Drive Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions

by Jacqueline Belliveau

About one-half of the growth of medical groups that originally employed over 100 physicians between 2007 and 2013 involved healthcare mergers and acquisitions with groups of ten or fewer physicians, a recent Health Affairs study showed. Another...

Carolinas HealthCare, UNC Health Announce Healthcare Merger

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care recently announced their intentions to engage in a healthcare merger that would create one of the largest non-profit systems in the nation. The two North Carolina-based health systems signed a Letter...

Complex Surgery Costs 10.5% Less With Hospital Consolidation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Overall healthcare charges for complex pancreatic and hepatic surgeries were 13.4 percent lower in markets with higher levels of hospital consolidation than charges for the same operations in unconcentrated and moderately concentrated markets,...

Volume, Value of Healthcare Merger and Acquisition Deals Up

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare merger and acquisition activities among hospitals were up 15 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter the previous year, recent research from Kaufman, Hall & Associates, LLC showed. The number of transactions...

Beth Israel, Lahey Health Ink Final Healthcare Merger Agreement

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess health system and Lahey Health recently finalized a healthcare merger agreement after about seven months of negotiations. Despite several failed attempts at a healthcare merger in the past, the two health systems...

Provider Collaboratives Combat Healthcare Merger Pressures

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Value-based reimbursement continues to drive healthcare merger and acquisitions activities. But hospitals and health systems can remain independent and achieve healthcare cost reduction and value-based reimbursement goals by joining a provider...

Value-Based Reimbursement Spurs 8% Hospital Merger Growth

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Value-based reimbursement trends drove health system and hospital merger activity to increase 8 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016, Anu Singh, a Managing Director at Kaufman, Hall & Associates, recently told RevCycleIntelligence.com....

Boost Healthcare Competition to Drive Down Prices, Up Quality

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The lack of healthcare competition stemming from recent healthcare merger and acquisition trends resulted in higher prices and lower care quality, industry experts recently argued in a Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College white paper....

Healthcare Mergers May Face New Federal Rules Under SMARTER Act

by Jacqueline Belliveau

In a 16 to 20 vote earlier this week, the House Judiciary Committee passed the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (SMARTER Act), which could affect how federal antitrust agencies evaluate healthcare mergers and acquisitions....

Provider Profitability Tops Healthcare Revenue Cycle Concerns

by Jacqueline Belliveau

One of the top healthcare revenue cycle concerns with 40 percent of providers is maintaining profitability while remaining independent, a recent RemitDATA survey revealed. The survey of healthcare providers, billing companies, and vendors showed...

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