Healthcare Transactions: Year in Review

2019 saw continued robust healthcare merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, significantly outpacing 2018. The increase in healthcare deal volume in 2019 was not confined to any one sector or type of service. Rather, deal volume proliferated across several different sectors. PE firms continue to inject capital into the healthcare industry. This is a mutually beneficial endeavor, it seems, as industry inefficiencies, political uncertainty, and an overall demand for cost reduction, as well as the ongoing shift toward value-based payment models, has made PE support an attractive option for healthcare businesses with aggressive growth strategies, and has generated attractive returns on investment for the PE firms. In this report, Bass Berry & Simms outlines M&A activity and drivers in the following hot sectors: Hospital; Post-Acute Care — Home Health & Hospice and Personal Care Services; Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs); Physician Practice Management; Behavioral Health; Managed Care and Pharmacy; and Health Information Technology.

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