Health care spending concept illustration The pandemic is shifting how patients access care, with telehealth seeing significant gains, as well as home health care and remote work.

After years of accelerating growth, it should come as no surprise that health care merger and acquisition activity declined during the first half of 2020, as the coronavirus outbreak threw a wrench in financial projections and business planning. According to PwC’s mid-year Health Services Deals Insights Report, released last week, deal values are down 52% over the same period last year, and the actual number of deals was down 21.5%.

“The deal process is going to be a bit longer as a result of COVID, but this doesn’t mean fewer deals,” notes Nick Donkar, PwC’s U.S. health services deals leader. “There were many deals in the works already–near the finish line–that were able to close in the early phases of the pandemic. All parties want to keep the doors open and provide access to affordable care, so deals will need to ensure this continues.”

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Emily Payne

Emily Payne is the current deputy editor for ALM's Business & Finance Markets and former managing editor for BenefitsPRO. A Wisconsin native, she has spent the past decade writing and editing for various athletic and fitness publications. She holds an English degree and Business certificate from the University of Wisconsin.

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