26 Apr 2017

VMG’s Health Care Transactions and M&A Report: 2016 Trends and 2017 Expectations

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By John Meindl and Winston Smart
AHLA Healthcare Transactions Resource Guide

Health care M&A activity continued its half-decade long growth trend in 2016. Though the dollar value of total deals decreased relative to 2015 due to a spike in managed care megadeals in 2015, when excluding 2015, the dollar value of deals has continued to increase annually since 2012. The increase in both volume and value of health care M&A activity is driven by changing technology, an aging population, an increase in the number of insured people through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the implementation of valuebased payments and alternative payment models. Taken together, these factors have driven providers to consolidate in an effort to take advantage of the economies of scale necessary to meet the goals of the “triple aim,” namely, increase service offerings and access to care, decrease cost, and improve the quality of care.

Leveraging VMG’s expertise as a leading provider of transaction health care valuation services, this article examines 2016 trends and 2017 expectations across seven prominent health care verticals. An overarching factor shaping the near-term future of health care M&A activity will be the effect of any changes to the ACA in 2017. While buyers tend to proceed cautiously in the face of uncertainty, large regulatory changes affecting health care providers has historically been accompanied by an increase in M&A activity.

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This article was published as a part of the AHLA Transactions Resource Guide. To see the full guide click here.