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Other Voices: A round up of key trends in health care private equity investments

Friday, May 17, 2019

By: Foley & Lardner

This conference season, private equity (PE) investors and provider compared notes on the current state of the markets, trends, opportunities and challenges. Below is a summary of key trends that have been discussed.

A recent Health Care Private Equity Panel during the Young Jewish Professionals CEO Healthcare Symposium, co-sponsored by Foley and moderated by Foley partner Chris Donovan, explored the strategies of different investment funds. Speakers included Bob Schulz of Health Enterprise Partners, Ameya Agge of BlueMountain Capital Management, and Richard Mattera of Optum. Currently, health care represents 18% of the gross domestic product and that already significant percentage is expected to grow. Given the high level of spending, and despite the range of strategies and focal points in the health care market that varies from middle market to distressed investing, each panelist shared the common goal of lowering the total cost of health care while enhancing outcomes. Panelists emphasized the attractiveness of target investments that reduce costs of care without impairing quality. Many of those investments are capital intensive, involve information technology/data spend of a high magnitude, or require significant scaling to achieve a level of profitability to warrant the initial investment.

Given these capital demands, larger PE/hedge funds and strategic investors have become more nimble at structuring investments either as joint ventures or......................

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