Day: January 20, 2021

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Hospital M&A activity rebounds in Q4

Hospital merger and acquisition activity rebounded in the fourth quarter, but annual deal volume still hit an 11-year low, according to a new report.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many health systems to pause or abandon their merger and acquisition plans, resulting in only 79 announced deals in 2020, Ponder & Co. found. That was down 25{f771d91d784324d4be731abc64bffe0d1fd8f26504ceb311bcfd8e5b001778f4} from the trailing 10-year average and the lowest annual tally since 2009.

But the 28 announced deals in the fourth quarter signaled that hospital executives are more comfortable with the virtual due diligence process and that finances have stabilized, said Eb LeMaster, managing director at the healthcare advisory firm.

“COVID at the end of day is a huge factor, but from a credit and balance sheet perspective many systems are at as good of a place as they were coming into the pandemic,” he said. “We’re back to the same pressures that were

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Study identifies European cities with highest mortality due to air pollution

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A health impact study has for the first time estimated the mortality burden attributable to air pollution in more than 1,000 European cities. The study, published in The Lancet Planetary Health, includes a ranking of the European cities with the highest rates of mortality attributable to each of the two air pollutants studied: fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). The research project was led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), in collaboration with researchers from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Utrecht University.

The findings show that 51,000 and 900 could be prevented each year, respectively, if all the cities analyzed were to achieve the PM2.5 and NO2 levels recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, if all of the cities were to match the air-quality levels of the least polluted

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