Hospital transactions lulled in 2019 as for-profit divestitures slowed and large deals stalled, according to a new report. There were 85 hospital deals last year, which marked the second lowest total since 2009, Ponder & Co.’s data show. Hospital mergers and acquisitions were down 27% from 2018 and 17% from the trailing 10-year average. As the number of financially struggling independent hospitals dwindle, larger and more stable health systems are discussing tie-ups. Those generally have a higher bar to clear, said Eb LeMaster, a managing director at Ponder & Co.
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