Walden Group Healthcare M&A Blog

  • CVS-Aetna Merger Accelerates Healthcare's Transformation

    The Justice Department recently approved CVS’s mega $69b purchase of Aetna, conditioned on Aetna’s sell-off of its private Medicare drug plans. In addition to owning almost 10,000 retail stores in the U.S., CVS provides drug plans to more than 90 million people. It plans to use its pharmacy locations to provide consumers with more local care...
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  • CIGNA Corporation To Acquire Express Scripts

    CIGNA Corporation, a $41.62b provider of healthcar insurance services acquires Express Scripts Inc, a $100.06b provider of pharmacy benefit management services. The U.S. Justice Department recently cleared this deal, part of the wave of consolidations transforming the health care industry. Amazon’s move into the health care business has...
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  • Stryker Corporation Acquires Invuity, Inc. For $190m

    Stryker Corporation, a $12.44b maker of Orthopedics, MedSurg, Neurotechnology and Spine products is acquiring Invuity, Inc, a manufacturer of photonics and single-use, lighted retractor instruments for open surgery. Invuity's retractor-based lights provides direct visualization of surgical cavities during open minimally invasive and minimal...
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  • Dry Eye Therapeutic And Diagnostic Devices Are Improving Treatment And Gaining Market Share

    The global dry eye market is expected to reach $7.78b by 2025 (Transparency Market Research). The dry eye market includes pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, surgery and new devices (profiled below).  Key drivers include: the aging population; the rising prevalence of diseases like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis that can give rise to dry eyes;...
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  • The Trump Administration Is Proposing Changes to Medicare Pay For Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Models

    Medicare ACOs began in 2012 and have enrolled more than 10 million beneficiaries so far. If they provide care for less than certain cost targets — while meeting quality of care standards — then they get to share in any of the savings. Commercial insurers and Medicaid have also adopted ACOs in the past decade. About 82% of the 561 Medicare ACOs...
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