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Dental Clinics Remain a Viable Investment Industry

Posted in Healthcare Services Investing

 As discussed in our prior multi-part series, dental clinic and dental practice management companies remain an exciting investment opportunity for many private equity investors. Medicaid spending on dentistry increased 63% to $7.4 billion between 2007 and 2010.  Medicaid reimbursement in the field is, in fact, projected to reach $622 billion over the next decade.  Thus… Continue Reading

Healthcare Spending Continues to Rise

Posted in Healthcare Services Investing

The National Health Expenditure Accounts (NHEA), published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are the official estimates of total national healthcare spending. The NHEA measures annual U.S. expenditures for healthcare goods and services, public health activities, program administration, the net cost of private insurance and research as well as other investments related… Continue Reading

Doctors Say Medicare/Medicaid EHR Guidelines Onerous

Posted in Healthcare Services Investing

Doctors and organized medical associations are voicing their objections to proposed Stage 2 Medicare and Medicaid guidelines, saying the new standards are far too demanding for many smaller and less-sophisticated medical practices. Practitioners are asking that requirements be within a physician’s control and not rely on a third party’s use of technology; e.g., a patient… Continue Reading

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – The Rebuttal

Posted in Healthcare Services Investing

In prior posts we have discussed financial data released by the Obama administration regarding the financial upside of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the healthcare reform law. Recently, we discussed a current study by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Not surprisingly, opponents of the law are eager to publish… Continue Reading

The Medicaid Budget Crunch & Its Impact on Healthcare Investing: Part III

Posted in Healthcare Services Investing

             There is considerable uncertainty surrounding the future of the Medicaid program.  At the end of June the federal government’s enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rate to the states ended. The loss of these federal funds has left states clamoring for additional ways to reduce their Medicaid budgets. At the same time, most Americans are keenly aware that the… Continue Reading

The Medicaid Budget Crunch & Its Impact on Healthcare Investing: Part II

Posted in Life Sciences Investing

Healthcare providers are often the first to feel the effects of Medicaid funding shortfalls.  Economic turmoil, federal law and political pressures leave states few options but to slash the rates they pay to providers or take other actions regarding program eligibility discussed in Part I of our Medicaid Budget Crisis series.  A recent Kaiser Family… Continue Reading

The Medicaid Budget Crunch & Its Impact on Healthcare Investing: Part I

Posted in Healthcare Services Investing, Life Sciences Investing

Government budget crises have been widely reported and have virtually dominated local and national news coverage in recent months. Funds shortages for Medicaid and other healthcare programs in many states have reached critical stages, all while Medicaid enrollment has risen. Many states have contemplated a variety of mechanisms for limiting spending on state healthcare programs while simultaneously… Continue Reading