Vital Signs: Hospital mergers need to prove value and care coordination

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 29, 2016

Increasing cost transparency coupled with new value-based incentives to better coordinate care will pressure merger partners to return some of the benefits from economies of scale and shared purchasing to patients, said a new report by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Healthcare antitrust reviews likely to remain strong under Trump

Healthcare antitrust reviews likely to remain strong under Trump

By Erica Teichert  |  November 11, 2016

Although the Trump administration could shake up the healthcare market with plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, antitrust enforcement agencies will see few changes that could impact their aggressive stance against major consolidation in the industry.

Quorum Health makes priority of 8-hospital divestiture

Quorum Health makes priority of 8-hospital divestiture

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 10, 2016

Management of Quorum Health Corp. is negotiating to sell five more of its money-losing hospitals to go along with two already under contract. Though divestitures are a priority, Quorum has expressed an interest in acquiring a hospital in Huntsville, Texas.

More than 400 doctors opt to leave Tufts network

November 05, 2016

About 425 doctors from the New Bedford, Mass.-based system will exit the New England Quality Care Alliance and create their own physician network called the Southcoast Health Network.

AmSurg still has shopping to do before the Envision merger

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 03, 2016

AmSurg intends to make another $50 million worth of acquisitions in the fourth quarter, bringing to $400 million its spending on deals for all of 2016. It is shopping for physician-staffing companies and ambulatory surgery centers even as it prepares to complete a merger with Envision Healthcare.

Blackstone purchase of TeamHealth offers turnaround promise outside of public view

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 03, 2016

Physician-staffing giant TeamHealth is taking steps to heal its IPC division, an effort that under Blackstone ownership can be best undertaken outside the glare of public equity markets. To fix IPC, management has created a separate leadership structure to grow its presence in post-acute medicine.

Ardent Health, LHP Hospital Group enter merger agreement

By Shelby Livingston  |  October 08, 2016

Nashville-based Ardent Health Services and Plano, Texas-based LHP Hospital Group last week announced they will merge into what would be the second-largest privately owned, for-profit hospital system in the country by revenue. The combined system would have 19 hospitals in six states and $3 billion...


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