Notable Developments

M&As to Pick Up Steam in 2023 as Hospitals Adapt to Tougher Conditions

Health system mergers and acquisitions dipped in the second half of 2022 as hospitals looked to address urgent challenges including staff shortages, inflation and the rising costs of labor, supplies and energy. Coinciding with those macroeconomic pressures, health systems also faced a sterner regulatory environment last year, with the Federal Trade Commission applying greater scrutiny

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Hospitals Say Peak Labor Costs Are Behind Them

Rising labor costs have been the main financial concern for hospitals over the past year, but those costs have peaked and are now a lot lower, according to hospital system executives who presented during the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. Read the full article: Hospitals Say Peak Labor Costs Are Behind Them // Source: https://www.statnews.com/2023/01/10/hospitals-say-peak-labor-costs-are-behind-them

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Why Heartland Dental Entered Canada

In 2022, Heartland Dental supported the merger of three Canadian DSOs — 123Dentist, Altima Dental and Lapointe Group — to create the largest DSO in the country. Travis Franklin, CFO of Heartland Dental, recently connected with Becker’s to discuss the DSO’s decision to enter into its first strategic partnership outside the U.S. Read the full

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Rise of Telehealth during Pandemic Boosted Mental Health Treatment Rates

The increase in the use of telehealth services during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic expanded the number of people receiving care for several common mental health disorders, Rand Corporation researchers said in a new study published in JAMA Health Forum. Mental health services provided for some conditions were 10% to 20% higher by

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Telehealth Utilization Declined Nearly Four Percent Nationally in October 2022

In October 2022, after three months of relative stability, national telehealth utilization declined 3.7 percent, from 5.4 percent of medical claim lines in September to 5.2 percent in October, according to FAIR Health’s Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker. The decline in telehealth utilization was larger than the national average in the South (6.8 percent), Midwest (4.9

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