Health Transactions Activity Uptick Expected in Sprint to End of 2016


Health-care companies are racing to finalize transactions before the end of the year, and over 100 deals likely will be completed before Jan. 1, 2017, in the three “core” sectors—long-term care, health information technology and physician practices—a group of attorneys and investment bankers who advise industry stakeholders told me.

There might be a slight lull, as investors wait to see who wins the presidential election, but the pace certainly won’t slow down, one of attorney-advisers said.

And, regardless of who is elected, the systemic changes wrought by Obamacare that are some of the main drivers of health-industry consolidation aren’t likely to go away.

Over 400 deals in all have been proposed or completed in the first eight months of 2016 alone, our select list, found at, shows.

A sector to watch in the future? Urgent care. Gary Herschman, an attorney with Epstein Becker Green in Newark, N.J., told me urgent care is “huge” because it is convenient for patients who want to see doctors in the evenings and on weekends, allows for same-day consultations and is less expensive than an emergency room visit.

From an investor standpoint, urgent care centers have relatively low start-up costs and a quick path to profitability, Robert Aprill, an adviser at Provident HC in Boston, told me.

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