Published by ImagingBiz
Written by Kevin McDonough and Colin Park
Consistent with the observed trends affecting our national health-care market, the diagnostic-imaging industry has been acutely affected by the forces of consolidation. The number of transactions involving diagnostic-imaging centers has grown consistently over the past five years. Most recently, transactions involving the formation of joint-venture arrangements between health systems and large companies operating multiple freestanding imaging centers have become popular.
The underlying driving forces—for both health systems and imaging-center companies, in pursuing such arrangements—are the desires to position their entities better (from economic and quality perspectives) and to protect their existing diagnostic-imaging business from current and future competitive threats. Understanding these factors is critical to anticipating and addressing potential challenges and issues in the pursuit and formation of such joint-venture arrangements.