New HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report: The Steady March of Strategic Partnerships

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Merger, acquisition, and partnership activity is not slowing despite healthcare industry challenges and uncertainty.

In the latest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence report, The Steady March of Strategic Partnerships, 59% percent of healthcare leaders indicate that their organization has a high interest in pursuing a physician practice through a merger, acquisition, or partnership within the next year. This response includes physician organizations (30%), health systems (27%), and hospitals (26%). Further analysis brings to light that the strong response for physician practices is likely because primary care physicians are a key component of the continuum of care, and will play an increasingly important role in population health management and clinical integration efforts in the years to come.

This intelligence report, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch presented in statistical survey results, analysis and peer review, exposes the current and projected future state of merger, acquisition, and partnership (MAP) activity in the healthcare industry.

“The steady march of merger, acquisition, and partnership activity shows few signs of abatement, and the long list of factors contributing to healthcare industry consolidation— healthcare reform, the move to value-based care, and provider needs for greater scale and geographic coverage, to name just a few—continue to reshape the industry landscape,” Jonathan Bees, senior research analyst for HealthLeaders Media.

Other compelling statistics from this report include:

  • 61% of respondents expect their organizations’ MAP activity to increase within the next three years, and 32% expect this to remain the same. Only 6% expect MAP activity to decrease, indicating that the overall trend will likely continue for some time.
  • Survey responses indicate that the top three entities involved in respondents’ most recent MAP activity are health systems (27%), physician practices (27%), and hospitals (20%), which represents 74% of the total MAP activity.
  • A greater share of respondents who say they expect MAP activity to increase are from the West (82%) than the South (57%), Midwest (53%), and Northeast (53%), and a greater share of respondents who say they expect this activity to remain the same are from the Midwest (47%) than the Northeast (37%), South (35%), and West (12%).

The detailed report The Steady March of Strategic Partnerships, can be found after April 12 at

The 2017 Mergers, Acquisitions, Partnerships Survey was conducted by the HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit, powered by the HealthLeaders Media Council. It is part of a series of monthly Intelligence Reports. In January 2017, an online survey was sent to the HealthLeaders Media Council and select members of the HealthLeaders Media audience. A total of 159 completed surveys are included in the analysis. A detailed report and analysis can be found online after April 12 at

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