In 2021, the number of partnership, merger and acquisition transactions between hospitals and health systems was down (49 – the fewest since before 2011), but the size of the transactions was up (the average size of smaller partner by annual revenue jumped to $619 million, up from $388 million in 2020). See Kaufman Hall year-end report.

In 2022, the industry expects to see some pickup in activity. But while hospitals and health systems still have their hands full with the frontline issues of surging costs and acute labor shortages, there will not likely be a return to pre-pandemic levels this year.

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