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Merger activity among health systems in the second quarter of 2022 followed a pattern set a year ago: the number of mergers declined compared to 2016 and 2017, but the overall value of the merger partners continued to skyrocket.

That’s what a recent report from KaufmanHall, the healthcare consulting firm, tells us about the ongoing consolidation of health systems. Merger mania was interrupted and redefined by COVID-19. Now, players appear to be more focused on consolidating health systems of some magnitude. Meanwhile, interest in joint venturing or merging with entities such as long-term care and skilled nursing facilities (SNF) has waned in the wake of the pandemic.

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