EMS Technology Companies Are Showing Promise and Grabbing Investors’ Attention
In recent months, companies providing technology solutions for ambulance and emergency medical services (“EMS”) agencies have gained steam. Accelerated by the impact of COVID-19, stress on existing healthcare services’ infrastructure has forced change. Regulatory barriers to innovation are being demolished. As a result, a number of high-profile EMS technology (“tech”) companies have successfully raised capital from investors in recent months, and promising new technologies are poised to continue to attract investor attention.
Private Equity’s Emerging Interest in Psychology & Psychiatry Practices
Private equity investment in psychology and psychiatry practices has accelerated in recent years. Investors with a track record for partnering with behavioral healthcare companies, as well as generalist funds, have ramped interest up quickly in psych specialties. Numerous attributes of psychology and psychiatry practices align with private equity’s interests and experience, and recent M&A in the space suggests that market opportunities exist for the first-movers who can build large platforms for providing care nationwide. Furthermore, the ability to deliver care via telemedicine (telepsych) means psychology and psychiatry practices have been impacted far less than most specialties, and by some measures have even improved, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pandemic Shaping the Playing Field for Physician Group Acquisitions
Throughout the pandemic, private equity and strategic acquirers’ appetites for well-performing physician groups across a number of specialties have been resilient. On the other side of the equation, physician groups that had desired to remain independent are now seeing the benefits of being part of a larger organization as they work to manage significant declines in patient volumes and related operational challenges attributable to COVID-19. It’s reasonable to infer that as some groups start to emerge from the crisis, they will begin to explore partnerships with private equity-backed platforms seeking shelter from future storms. This bodes well for both groups, as private equity platforms can add leading practices to their rolls, and physicians can benefit from increased scale, robust back-office services, and enhanced payor contracts. Across the board, we foresee large waves of consolidation of independent groups and sponsor-backed platforms under the auspice of “we’re better positioned to address future challenges and on-going pandemic fallout together.”
A Bright Future for Telehealth Beyond COVID-19
Telehealth gained significant momentum in 2019. Nevertheless, on an absolute basis, flexible, widely available telehealth solutions were limited. COVID-19 has upended the status quo and charted a new growth trajectory for telehealth. In fact, the pandemic has created an opportunity to ingrain telehealth as a commonplace service in U.S. healthcare.
Emergency Medical Services During COVID-19: Observations and Opportunities
In recent weeks, emergency medical services (“EMS”) and ground medical transportation operators have been on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. Predictably, given the massive disruption that the virus has imposed on the healthcare system, the medical transportation industry has been upended. Understanding the challenges that medical transport companies are experiencing, planning how to navigate and emerge successfully, and looking ahead to areas of opportunity within the industry will position leading companies to succeed going forward.
What Will “Back to Normal” Look Like for Physicians Once COVID-19 is Contained?
As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, the nation’s healthcare professionals work tirelessly to treat patients, reduce the spread, and keep the healthcare system running. With social distancing in effect and more physicians working directly to slow and treat COVID-19, most routine physician appointments have been delayed or cancelled. It’s hard to say when physicians will return to normal schedules and corresponding patient volumes, however, it is clear there is significant pent-up demand for non-emergency doctor visits. This blog examines how several sub-specialties in healthcare could rebound as social distancing efforts are lifted.
Coronavirus Impact on Healthcare Investing
As the World Health Organization officially declares a pandemic and global capital markets gyrate, it’s easy to imagine scenarios where healthcare investing grinds to a halt as financial professionals and industry experts recalibrate their expectations for growth in the sector. Without trivializing the risk to the public and the real financial impact of the recent coronavirus outbreak, it is MHT Partners’ perspective that the healthcare sector is positioned to weather the storm.
Notes from the 38th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
Last week healthcare executives, service providers and investors descended upon San Francisco for J.P. Morgan’s (“JPM”) 38th annual Healthcare Conference. In a rare turn of events, the skies in San Francisco were relatively clear after several years of biblical rainstorms during JPM week.
MHT Partners’ Healthcare Services Team was in attendance, hosting several events and numerous meetings with healthcare firms and financial sponsors (thanks to all of you who made the trek over to 101 Montgomery). The general mood of the conference was upbeat, perhaps due to the weather, but a bit more subdued than in prior years. Investors’ appetite for high-quality healthcare businesses, which solve important problems facing the industry (access, cost containment, interoperability, etc.) remains strong.
Here are a few notable observations stemming from our interactions at JPM . . .
Private Equity Investment in Ambulance & Medical Transportation, Part 3: How Ride Sharing and Technology Innovation is Impacting Traditional Ambulance Services
As private equity investment in healthcare services has boomed over the past decade, select funds have turned an eye toward one of the most important and challenging areas of healthcare services: ambulance and medical transportation. In part three of our series on private equity investment in medical transportation, we’ll examine how technology and innovation are altering traditional dynamics in the industry and overhauling existing business models.
Private Equity Investment in Ambulance & Medical Transportation, Part 2: How Private Companies Are Positioned to Improve the Medical Transportation System
As private equity investment in healthcare services has boomed over the past decade, select funds have turned an eye toward one of the most important and challenging areas of healthcare services: ambulance and medical transportation. In part two of our series on private equity investment in medical transportation, we’ll examine how private companies, including those backed by private equity, can contribute to the improvement of care by reducing costs and augmenting quality.