Those who follow hospital and health system M&A activity know that the market has been “frothy.” We all see the high profile, “sexy” deals that appear in the news headlines but, for every large deal, there are myriad smaller deals that involve rural hospitals, county hospitals and, sole community hospitals, many of which are struggling, often both operationally and financially. These deals, despite their size, often are strategically important for the involved parties and, due to the financial issues many are facing, extremely complex.
Below are seven thoughts relevant to the acquisition of, or affiliation with, troubled hospitals:
Although sometimes smaller and involving fewer dollars than hospital deals that make headlines, troubled deals are a fact of life in health care and carry with them their own sets of complexities. The above list of considerations is but a few that will arise.
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