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Unlikely Pairings Ahead for 2012 Healthcare M&A

Karen Minich-Pourshadi

Merger and acquisition activity will continue in 2012, but some of the pairings could be unlikely. Look for geographic focus, hospital acquisitions of physician practices, and other targeted strategic deals. >>>


Editor's Picks

Not-for-Profit Provider Outlook 'Negative,' Says Moody's

The economy is still too soft to change the negative outlook for not-for-profit healthcare providers in the United States in 2012, and that outlook may stay negative "for at least the next several years," says a report from Moody's Investors Service. >>>

For Healthcare M&A, 2011 Among Best Years

Merger and acquisition activity in rehabilitation facilities, laboratories, and managed care contributed to an 11% increase in the dollar value of healthcare M&A deals in 2011. The $227.4 billion in deals makes 2011 the fourth-largest M&A year in the last decade, defying media reports suggesting that interest in healthcare M&A in declining. >>>

Physician Independence Not Incompatible With Reform

Many independent physicians are throwing up their hands about their ability to remain so in an environment that appears to actively discourage it. But while autonomy appears to be the tougher road, it may eventually be the more rewarding one. >>>

Reducing Early Elective Births Could Save $1B Annually

Early elective deliveries via Cesareans and inductions are the standard of care rather than an exception at some hospitals. The rates, risks, and attendant costs, a Leapfrog Group report suggests, are unacceptably high. >>>

Finance Headlines

Another View: Early signs show business is accepting Affordable Care Act

The Portland Press Herald / St. Louis Post Dispatch, January 30, 2012

Wellpoint to raise doctors' pay to increase quality of care

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, January 30, 2012

Jersey City Medical Center offers to buy Christ Hospital for $104M

The Jersey Journal, January 27, 2012

FL hospitals bracing for more Medicaid cuts

Tampa Bay Times, January 26, 2012

MetroHealth reports 2011 net loss, but positive on future

Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 26, 2012

WellPoint’s 4Q profit drops 39 percent

Houston Chronicle / Associated Press, January 26, 2012

Community Health inks PA deal

Nashville Post, January 26, 2012

4 hospital execs earn more than $1 million

Buffalo Business First, January 25, 2012

Independent Payment Advisory Board exists in law, resides in limbo, January 25, 2012

Highmark to spend $500M on care network

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 25, 2012

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