In an end-of-the-year round-up, Forbes lists the 10 biggest private equity deals in healthcare in 2018.

The article notes that 2018 was a banner year for healthcare PE, with 715 deals closed as of mid-December for a combined value of nearly $104, citing PitchBook data. That’s up from the 709 deals worth about $89 billion

The Blackstone Group has announced the closing of its acquisition of Clarus. The business will now operate as Blackstone Life Sciences.

Blackstone indicated that its new private investment platform will invest across the lifecycle of companies and products within life sciences sectors.

Historical funds will retain the Clarus name.

Blackstone had previously announced its acquisition

In 2016, overall national health spending increased 4.3% following 5.8% growth in 2015, according to a study by the Office of the Actuary at CMS published as a Web First by Health Affairs.

Following the ACA coverage expansion and significant retail prescription drug spending growth in 2014 and 2015, health care spending growth decelerated

As of December 26, 2014, HHS reported that 6.5 million consumers have obtained health insurance coverage from HealthCare.gov, bringing the total number of enrollees in federal and state exchanges to over 7 million. Of the enrollees, over 4 million people in both federal and state exchanges were newly registered.

According to a Medicare report,