To maximize the synergies of their acquisitions, 43% of health organizations say they are starting the integration process earlier in the deal life cycle. Our findings suggest, however, that they still have work to do, as more than half of health executives admit having achieved lower synergies than those identified.
As we look ahead to 2019, it appears as if private equity will be the big story. More than one-third of health organizations see private equity increasing their activity in the sector, particularly in the home health and behavioral health segments. More than half say they will increase the competition for assets.
Overall, after recent strong quarters of dealmaking, we expect a continued steady pace in the year ahead.