Capital Finance

Healthcare providers seek capital from equity firms, lenders and investment banks to meet operational needs, such as upgrading facilities, implementing IT systems and purchasing medical equipment.

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Health system acquisitions and affiliations are being driven more by strategy than by financial need, according to survey research released Sunday at the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s 2014 National Institute in Las Vegas.
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Post date: June 23, 2014
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Hospitals are one of the most expensive commercial structures to build or renovate. Before green lighting a project, hospital executives must confirm that new construction will address existing pressures, as well as attract and serve patients for decades to come.
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Post date: June 13, 2014
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On Monday, Chicago-based Ventas Inc., the largest U.S. healthcare real estate investment trust by market value, approved a pair of deals that total $3.5 billion.
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Post date: June 3, 2014
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Hospitals in Georgia have struggled financially in recent years, as uncompensated care costs rose after the recession and the state rejected Medicaid expansion. But one standalone facility decided that affiliation and clinical integration might be the right path to stave off closure.
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Post date: June 3, 2014
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With the Massachusetts Attorney General granting Partners Healthcare System a long-term lease on life as the dominant provider in Eastern Massachusetts, it's almost certain that the state and its residents will continue to pay above-average healthcare costs.
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Post date: May 23, 2014
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As the federal government continues to cut reimbursements and private insurers follow suit, many CFOs are having a hard time justifying buying new property to expand services, however, in some cases, it shouldn’t be ruled out.
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Post date: May 13, 2014
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Increased admissions drove revenue gains for Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Community Health Systems in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 2013. Both for-profit hospital firms appear confident midway through Q2.
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Post date: May 8, 2014
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Hospitals of all sizes are looking for partners. But the quest to increase market share by acquiring physician groups or other hospitals is drawing critical analysis from regulators, particularly if a merger results in eliminating a competitor.
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Post date: May 1, 2014
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In years past, many hospitals didn't think twice about buying new property as an investment in the future, confident that they would eventually see a return on their investment. But, as the song says, "the times they are a-changin'."
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Post date: May 1, 2014
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Many hospitals are facing tough financial times, but for some, the finances just fall apart. What happens then? For many, what happens is bankruptcy.
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Post date: April 25, 2014
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Michigan-based Metro Health has been able to set itself apart from other community hospital systems in part by its ability to access and leverage capital. Metro's success offers a template for best practices in capital acquisition through strategies such as public issuance of debts and securities.
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Post date: April 23, 2014
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To quickly make the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, accountable care organizations must figure out where to invest and take cues from those which have mastered the model.
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Post date: April 22, 2014
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Portable chest X-rays are the most common diagnostic exam in intensive care units. But pricing for portable X-ray systems varies, and can range from $40,000 to over $235,000, depending on a variety of factors.
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Post date: July 9, 2014
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If you are considering buying a minority interest in a medical practice or other healthcare business, review the seller's appraisal carefully to make sure it is of the appropriate, specified equity interest. Are you really getting a "discount" when it comes with little to no control?
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Post date: June 2, 2014
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It's not impossible for hospitals to obtain capital in today's volatile credit markets. But it is imperative to be thoroughly prepared before seeking funding, as there are new areas of emphasis you should expect when approaching creditors.
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Post date: May 30, 2014
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The Federal Trade Commission's blocking of hospital and physician practice mergers, as a way to purportedly prevent monopolies, is hurting the very people the FTC claims to be helping -- the patients themselves.
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Post date: May 28, 2014
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Knee replacements now account for over $6 billion in global sales annually, and this number is expected to grow as the population ages and improved accuracy makes younger patients candidates for therapies.
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Post date: May 20, 2014
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Investor interest in medical office buildings remains very high. Indeed, investors have plenty of access to capital, making it a very good time for owners, including some hospitals, to consider selling such assets.
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Post date: May 16, 2014
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Competing needs for capital, regulatory pressures, underinvestment and tightening operating budgets threaten U.S. healthcare facilities. But an alternative infrastructure funding mechanism does exist - one that can help deliver projects in a timely and financially responsible manner.
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Post date: May 8, 2014
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Did you know that some facilities use imaging software to perform differential reviews previously done only by trained laboratory professionals? But adding imaging software automation to the hematology lab can tack on $85,000 to $140,000 to the cost of a hematology analyzer.
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Post date: April 8, 2014
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While chemistry previously ruled hospital clinical laboratories, in today's labs immunoassay is equally important. Indeed, these blended systems represent the lab's largest capital outlay.
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Post date: April 1, 2014
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Global private equity investment in the healthcare industry has been shrinking for a few years now, but the dropoff has been felt particularly in Europe and the U.S. Asia, on the other hand, is vacuuming up PE dollars lost to the west.
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Post date: March 31, 2014
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The overall market for angiography services should remain stable in the near future. But one long term growth trend to keep watch on is the shift towards improving prevention based on early identification, reducing risk factors, education and early intervention if necessary.
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Post date: March 4, 2014
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Hospital Marina Salud de Denia, described as a model for what the hospital of the future should look like, is well on its way to fulfilling its promise. But can its financial achievements be duplicated by U.S. facilities?
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Post date: February 26, 2014
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