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Hospital Mergers

Vertical Integration in Healthcare Doesn’t Boost Care Quality

February 14, 2019 - A new study from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy shows vertical integration in healthcare has little to no impact on care quality. Performance on a range of measures, including hospital readmissions rates, was not significantly different for loosely affiliated independent practices and practices integrated into hospitals, revealed data on more than 4,400...


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Baylor Scott & White, Memorial Hermann End Hospital Merger Talks

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Two large non-profit health systems in Texas are calling off a potential $14 billion hospital merger deal five months after signing a letter of intent to combine. In a joint statement, Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann...

CHI, Dignity Finalize Hospital Merger, Introduce CommonSpirit

by Jacqueline LaPointe

After over a year of negotiations, Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health recently finalized their hospital merger deal to create one of the largest non-profit health systems. The health systems jointly announced the...

Healthcare Merger and Acquisition Activity Up 14.4% in 2018

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare merger and acquisition activity in 2018 broke some records, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports. Specifically, quarterly deal volumes exceeded 300 merger and acquisition transactions twice. The year ended with providers,...

Loyola Medicine, Palos Health Consider Hospital Merger Deal

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Two Chicago area health systems are considering an official hospital merger after four years of engaging in a strategic partnership. Palos Health and Loyola Medicine jointly announced on Jan. 21, 2019 that the health systems signed a...

Hospital Merger and Acquisition Deals Got Bigger in 2018

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The average size in revenue of the sellers in hospital merger and acquisition deals grew at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8 percent since 2008, reaching $409 million in 2018, consulting firm Kaufman Hall recently...

Major Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions Making Waves in 2019

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Increasing financial pressures are pushing providers and even non-provider entities to engage in healthcare merger and acquisition (M&A) activity. Value-based reimbursement, shrinking hospital margins, and record-high healthcare...

Hospital Mergers Save More When Facilities Are Close Together

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospital mergers produce even greater efficiencies and savings when the acquired facilities are in close proximity to each other, a new report shows. The Charles River Associates report prepared for the American Hospital Association (AHA)...

FTC’s Approach to Assessing Hospital Mergers Flawed, AHA Says

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is saying that the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) strategy for evaluating hospital mergers and acquisitions is “is overbroad, does not properly credit the many pro-consumer benefits of...

CHI, Dignity Health Push Back Hospital Merger Closing Date

by Jacqueline LaPointe

California-based Catholic Health Initiatives and Colorado-based Dignity Health recently announced a one-month delay of their hospital merger deal. The two health systems are moving the expected closing date of their new combined...

HHS Unveils Plans to Increase Healthcare Competition, Choice

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Deregulation is at the top of HHS’ mind, according to a new blueprint on increasing healthcare competition and choice from several White House agencies. HHS, along with the Departments of the Treasury and Labor, the Federal Trade...

AGs Approve Large Hospital Mergers, But with Special Conditions

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Attorneys General in California and Massachusetts recently approved two separate hospital merger deals. But the approvals came with a set of special conditions the health systems must meet to finalize the mergers. After 17 public...

Patient Perception of Hospital Affiliations Influences Care

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospital affiliations can influence patient volume, a new study by the Yale Cancer Center shows. The study recently published in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology revealed that 85 percent of individuals about to receive complex...

Partners, Harvard Pilgrim Suspend Healthcare Merger Talks

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Partners HealthCare, the largest hospital system in Massachusetts, recently halted healthcare merger talks with local insurer Harvard Pilgrim Health Care over concerns the deal would not earn regulatory approval. “Now isn’t...

AHA: Consolidated Payer Market Influences Hospital Contracting

by Jacqueline LaPointe

“The overwhelming majority of hospitals and health systems are not the drivers in contract negotiations with commercial health insurers,” the American Hospital Association (AHA) recently said in response to a potential FTC...

Healthcare Merger and Acquisition Deal Value Dips in Q3 2018

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Healthcare merger and acquisition activity was still trending up in the third quarter of 2018, but deal value dipped, the most recent US Health Services Deals Insights report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) showed. PwC recorded 261...

Senator Urges FTC to Investigate Hospital Contracting Practices

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) recently called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether hospitals and payers in the US are deliberately engaging in anticompetitive hospital contracting...

Hospital Prices in Colorado Increase 76% As Expansions Continue

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospital prices in Colorado increased 76 percent over a seven-year period as profits rose to some of the highest in the nation, preliminary data from the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing showed. Initial...

Baylor Scott & White, Memorial Hermann Eye Hospital Merger Deal

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Two major non-profit health systems in Texas recently announced their plans for a hospital merger, which is expected to advance cost-effective patient care in the state. Baylor Scott & White Health, a non-profit based in Dallas,...

Hospitals Seek Non-Acute, Supplier Partners for Value-Based Care

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Hospitals are looking to strategically expand their footprint in the non-acute care space to succeed in value-based care and alternative payment models, a new study of hospital decisionmakers found. L.E.K.’s ninth annual...

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