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Megadeals lift healthcare M&A revenues to record in Q2


Two people shaking hands. Healthcare mergers reached a record-high $19.2 billion in total transacted revenue in the second quarter of this year, led by the planned tie-up of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health and several other large deals, according to the latest quarterly M&A report from Kaufman Hall .

Still, the number of healthcare transactions announced during the second quarter remained below pre-pandemic levels at just 13 deals, one more than the record-low total seen in the first quarter of this year. Activity so far in 2022 underscores what could be a longer-term shift toward fewer but larger hospital deals, the industry consultants said.

Kaufman Hall also predicted continued interest in partnerships between health systems and skilled nursing facilities that can offer new services or more specialized care. Such facilities can support patients’ earlier discharge from inpatient care to a lower-cost setting and can help reduce hospital re-admissions, the report said.

Dive Insight:

Dealmaking in the first half of the year continues a sluggish pace established in 2021 , when just 49 health system mergers were announced all year. Last year’s tally marked the lowest annual deal total in a decade, according to Kaufman Hall.

But deals are getting […]

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