It's no longer just struggling independents or desperate health systems at death's door looking to merge. More and more, even well-positioned systems see the benefits.
Consulting firm Kaufman Hall & Associates, in compiling its annual report on hospital and health system deals for 2017, found that more of the systems being purchased, or the smaller ones in the deals, had credit scores of A- or above. Kaufman Hall counted 14 of those last year, up from nine in 2016. Back in 2012, it was just one.