M&A Activity Expected to Surge as Independent Health Systems Look for Partners

Commentary by: Todd Perman, CCIM, Vice Chairman, Global Healthcare Services

A recent report estimated approximately 27% of health systems had used over 50% of their reserves by mid-June. While this was largely driven by the decrease in elective procedures amid the COVID-19 pandemic, one likely effect will be a surge in merger and acquisition activity. The second quarter 2020 M&A transaction volume fell to a 5-year low as health systems focused on managing financial and operational challenges caused by the pandemic. The increase in activity as we move into 2021 will be led by independent health systems seeking to secure partnerships as part of their post-COVID-19 recovery plans.

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