Understand the industry shifts and define an M&A strategy to meet the needs of the changing landscape
The healthcare landscape continues to evolve as payers strive to meet healthcare reform requirements and providers strive to find ways to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. Now that much of the ambiguity around healthcare reform has been resolved – at least in the short term –payers and providers are seeking to transform themselves to remain competitive and relevant. For smaller payers and providers, the breadth of regulation and industry changes that they are facing are pushing M&A activity as they look to remain competitive, or to just survive. The call to action for payers is to understand the shifts that are occurring and to define an M&A strategy that anticipates and meets the needs of the changing landscape.