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Healthcare M&A: What Does the Future Hold in a COVID Landscape?

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas-Ft. Worth was a healthcare hub. From traditional clinics and hospitals to biotech and pharmaceutical research, the industry represents about 15 percent of the regional economy and six of the 25 largest employers .

Nationally, the healthcare industry was marked by both mega consolidations and deal breakups in 2020, and it poses the question: How much of a disruption will the pandemic prove to be for healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A)? Will it create a sustained headwind changing the motivations for consolidations? Or a short, albeit intense tempest that may cause payers and providers to take cover before resuming business as usual when the winds calm? [1]

Consolidation Will Continue to Be Strong in Healthcare

Results from a recent survey find that stakeholders strongly believe that consolidations will continue to be a significant trend in the healthcare sector – despite the pandemic.

In fact, when asked to describe their organization’s M&A plans for the next 12 to 18 months, 69 percent of healthcare leaders said their organization will be exploring or completing deals underway. Another 68 percent even expect their M&A activity to increase over the next three years. Leaders highlight improving care delivery efficiencies […]

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