Pandemic likely catalyst for future deals and partnerships
The financial and operational fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic was felt deeply by the nation's hospitals and health systems, evident by diminished patient volumes, and heightened labor and supply expenses.
Despite that, the year's hospital mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity remained at a similar level as years past, but analysts and health leaders alike expect the pandemic to be a catalyst for future deals and partnerships.
"It appears that COVID-19 has actually confirmed the strategic rationale underlying many transactions that were already underway, and may be acting as a catalyst for innovative strategic partnerships and tactical transactions," according to Kaufman Hall's 2020 M&A in Review report. "The pandemic has accelerated the need for strategic initiatives that address the opportunities of industry transformation and that reward well-thought-out alignment opportunities."
The analysts aren't the only ones who believe healthcare M&A activity will continue to grow this year—44% of healthcare CFOs say the pandemic will drive an increase in partnerships across the healthcare ecosystem, according to the 2021 BDO Healthcare CFO Outlook Survey.
In 2021, 31% of CFOs plan to acquire physician practices, 30% want to join a clinically integrated network, 28% expect to merge with another organization, 24% plan to enter into a joint venture, 20% may need to sell to another organization and 17% expect to acquire another organization.
Your bottom line has never been more important
Moving forward, organizations with strong balance sheets will be in a position to take advantage of other system's divestitures to grow their capabilities and expand into new markets, according to Kaufman Hall.
The report anticipates that well-positioned health systems will also seek out partnerships with other healthcare verticals such as skilled nursing, home health, behavioral health, laboratories and post-acute care.
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