Healthcare M&A trumps weak earnings outlook
Disappointing near-term revenue and profit trends could take a back seat to optimism about Obamacare leading to mergers and acquisitions. The nation's top court upheld Obamacare in June, and on July 9 managed care giant WellPoint said it would buy Amerigroup, a managed care specialist focusing on Medicaid and Medicare plans, for $4.9 billion. That deal sparked speculation other sector giants, including Humana, Cigna, Aetna and UnitedHealth, would also look to make acquisitions. With a weak earnings outlook for healthcare providers as they brace for the impact of Obamacare, M&A is expected to be one of two key topics of discussion for CEOs.
- Interventional Radiology No Longer a Sub-Specialty
- NFP Hospitals' Revenue Growth at 'All-Time Low'
- Acute Kidney Injury Gets New Focus
- Transforming Cancer Care
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013
- Evidence-Based Practice and Nursing Research: Avoiding Confusion
- mHealth Tackles Readmissions
- CNO Leads $1M Charge for New Scrubs, Uniforms
- Sharp HealthCare Leaves Pioneer ACO Program
- Proton Beam Therapy Poised for Growth in US