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PitchBook Analyst Note: Takeaways from the 2024 McGuireWoods HCPE Conference

Lead analyst Rebecca Springer reports back from the 20th annual McGuireWoods Healthcare Private Equity and Finance conference, where both PE portfolio companies and firms were in high attendance. Key takeaways from our latest Industry Research analyst note include: tealthcare deal activity is picking up but has yet to materialize into announcements as dealmaking proceeds haltingly; […]

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The Medicare Bubble Has Burst

For years, the privately run Medicare Advantage business generated outsize profit growth for health-insurance giants. With hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars flowing to insurers in a fast-growing market buoyed by aging baby boomers, there was little not to like as far as Wall Street was concerned. Companies like UnitedHealth Group and Humana bet big

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Optum’s SCA Health Quietly Bought 2 Cardiovascular Chains Last Year

Optum’s ASC arm, Deerfiled, Ill.-based SCA Health, quietly purchased at least two cardiovascular providers in 2023, National Cardiovascular Partners and Pivotal Healthcare. National Cardiovascular Partners comprises 21 cardiac catheterization and vascular labs. The platform was previously owned by Fresenius Medical Care, which confirmed in a January news release that it sold the organization. SCA Health

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Nurse Practitioners Helped Fill a Shortage in Primary Care, but They’re Increasingly Headed to Specialties

For many patients, seeing a nurse practitioner has become a routine part of primary care, in which these “NPs” often perform the same tasks that patients have relied on doctors for. But NPs in specialty care? That’s not routine, at least not yet. Increasingly, though, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are joining cardiology, dermatology and

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At a “Tipping Point” in History: Microsoft Predicts AI Revolution in Healthcare

With artificial intelligence (AI) being a part of our daily lives, Balkizas, senior director of life sciences at Microsoft said that we had reached a “tipping point” for technological advancement. He highlighted the integration of Generative AI (Gen AI) into daily operations, from simplifying routine tasks like document summarization, to more complex processes such as

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Tenet’s Next Play for ASC Profitability’s ‘Tremendous Opportunity’

The ambulatory growth of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, parent company of ASC giant United Surgical Partners International, is surging, and the company has big plans for the future. “We see a tremendous opportunity with our ambulatory platform,” CEO Saum Sutaria, MD, said, speaking May 14 at the Bank of America Securities 2024 Health Care Conference. “We’re

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Pennant Group CEO: Payers Are Recognizing Home Health Care Is ‘Not a Commodity Business’

The Pennant Group (Nasdaq: PNTG) has had to adjust to Medicare Advantage (MA) penetration in home health care, just like its peers. Unlike its peers, however, its adjustments have been mostly smooth sailing. For over a decade, the company has been building out relationships with MA plans and health systems in the communities it serves

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