BVR's Healthcare Value Wire reports on a white paper from financial advisory firm Ponder & Co. that says 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.
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.