Hospitals shift M&A focus to outpatient facilities

BVWireIssue #139-3
April 16, 2014

Hospital M&A activity is expected to be strong this year, but hospitals are shifting their sights. Up to now, much of the focus has been on acquiring inpatient, acute-care hospitals, but these are no longer the "money makers" of a health system. Instead, large outpatient centers and other clinical integration groups have become bigger pieces in the M&A game, according to a new white paper from financial advisory firm Ponder & Co.

The report also reveals that:

  • There are still likely to be many large, nonprofit transactions this year;
  • For-profit chains may be less aggressive with M&As; and
  • Regional system mergers will increase.

Note: The valuation of outpatient facilities is covered in the BVR/AHLA Guide to Healthcare Valuation, which includes chapters on valuing ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis clinics, and imaging centers.

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