TQ TeleConnection- April 2018

Industry Voices—Is healthcare leaving a fifth of us behind? How joint ventures can prioritize rural America

Investment activity in healthcare was at an all-time high in 2017 with consolidation and venture capital funding reconstructing the industry, inadvertently leaving behind a fifth of our communities.

Bigger is better was the theme as hospitals, payers, and health services companies consolidated. Diversification, vertical integration, and sheer size seem to be the target formula for navigating legislative uncertainty. CVS agreed to buy Aetna, asserting the combination could benefit consumersthrough improved coordination of care. Optum purchased Davita Medical Group, further expanding United Healthcare’s vertical integration into care delivery. Many hospital systems consolidated, including Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives, which created the country’s largest not-for-profit hospital system.

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Fierce Healthcare (3/28/18) 

Corbin Petro