Finance & Mergers/Acquisitions

Is healthcare ripe for a new M&A boom?

With a well defined need in the air– in this case, integration of clinical systems  and personnel — and uncertainty as to how the job will get done,  expect to see waves of self-protective healthcare merger and acquisition activity in the near term. According to Mark Reibolt, CPA, managing partner and chief executive officer of […]

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Hospital donations took massive hit in 2009

Hospitals have enough to do keeping their doors open just coping with low reimbursement, a nasty capital market environment and rising expenses. It’s just adding insult to injury to note that last year, hospital donations fell almost $1 billion, reports American Medical News.  While the recession may or may not have ended in 2009, depending […]

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Sale of PA hospitals puts health system at heart of political debate

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While they might not have sought the attention, like it or not a group of hospitals in Scranton, PA are finding themselves at the center of some pivotal debates about healthcare, politics and patient care. Last week, Mercy Health Partners announced that it was looking to find a buyer for several of its hospitals and […]

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HCA’s planned IPO on the rocks

In May — right in the wake of the infamous market “flash crash” — Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) set plans for an IPO. This was big news not only because of the size of the offering, expected to raise up to $4.6 billion, but also given that HCA had previously gone private a few […]

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Good or bad thing? Hospitalists work more if base salary is lower

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The following study, which lays out how adult hospitalists perform when their base salary is higher or lower, may seem pretty straightforward. But to this editor, it raises some questions that are worth considering, too.  I’ll explain. In this story, Healthcare Finance News lists the conclusions of a study looking at how many “work RVUs” […]

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Money on the move: Hospitals beginning to make capital investments

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During the credit crisis of 2008-2009, hospitals all but dropped their capital improvement programs, in part because their access to the bond markets was trashed by market conditions. It’s easy to forget how ugly those times were, but here’s an example:  In one memorable stretch, Moody’s downgraded 18 hospital bond ratings within two months. But […]

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Sadly,Tenet’s cash cushion doesn’t seem to impress

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As HEALTHCAREiX’s readers know, last week I made not very gentle fun of Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s leadership — specifically, the manner in which they were shoved aside in their efforts to buy an Aussie hospital chain. (OK, yeah, that *was* a bit mean, no?) Now, what should pop up this week but news suggesting that hey, […]

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So, Tenet, what really got you kicked off the playground?

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Buy Healthscape? As if. Tenet seems to have been spurned even before buying the veil, much less marching up the aisle. In early June, Tenet pulled out, announcing that it hadn’t had time to “convey to shareholders the potential value, including the inherent risks and opportunities,” of the deal. In other words, the Aussie firm blew them off before they could open their laptops.

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