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Hospital Mergers

2017 Hospital Merger Activity Likely to Beat 102 Deals in 2016

October 18, 2017 - 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 quarter of 2017. The number of transactions is down from 31 deals announced in the second quarter. Despite a slight dip, researchers projected that the...


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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...

Did Risk-Based APMs Propel Greater Provider Consolidation?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A recent Health Affairs study revealed that risk-based alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), have not spurred greater provider consolidation in the post-Affordable Care Act healthcare environment. Medicare...

Beth Israel, Lahey Health Move Forward with Healthcare Merger

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Massachusetts-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health announced plans to pursue a healthcare merger earlier this week. The two healthcare systems have debated a potential merger since 2011, but the recent letter of intent...

More Orgs Transitioning to Full Physician-Hospital Integration

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The proportion of healthcare organizations that have full physician-hospital integration with physicians on salary grew from 44 percent in 2008 to 55 percent in 2013, a new Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy report found....

How Do Hospital Mergers Lower Costs, Drive Quality Improvement?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Recent hospital mergers and acquisitions led to significant healthcare costs savings without sacrificing care quality and affordable prices, a recent Charles River Associates and American Hospital Association (AHA) report indicated. Based on...

Market Power, Not Quality Linked to Higher Healthcare Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Higher healthcare costs at New York hospitals are linked to increased market power and not higher quality of care, the New York State Health Foundation recently reported. More expensive hospitals tended to have increased market leverage, such...

Value-Based Care, Price Transparency Drive Hospital Mergers

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Healthcare system and hospital mergers will likely increase as new value-based care models emerge, according to a recent Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) report. But the rise in value-based reimbursement and price transparency...

Do Hospital Mergers Disincentivize Orgs to Lower Their Costs?

by Jacqueline Belliveau

While hospital mergers and acquisitions increase a healthcare system’s market power to negotiate higher private payer claims reimbursement rates, consolidation may also disincentivize hospitals to lower their healthcare costs, a recent...

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