Advisory Resources For Physicians

Ophthalmology Investments Spread Across America: Part 4 - The West

PhysiciansFirst Healthcare Partners is a boutique investment bank representing physician practices and surgery centers. We work hard to stay at the forefront of healthcare M&A activity across the US.

In our final segment of this four-part series, we explore investments in The West, as defined by the United States Census Bureau. Early stage activity in this region is centered in a few highly concentrated acquisition areas, such as Denver and Phoenix. Significant opportunity exists in these cities as new networks seek to expand. Importantly, there are also many strong geographic areas in The West as yet untouched by this new wave of private equity interest and M&A activity.

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Ophthalmology Investments Spread Across America: Part 3 – The Midwest

In Part 3 of our four-part series, we continue our exploration of ophthalmology practice mergers & acquisitions into a new highlighted region, The Midwest, as defined by the United States Census Bureau. The Midwest boasts strong deal flow throughout Michigan and Illinois, as well as the most recently established platform acquisition in Cincinnati, Ohio. PhysiciansFirst Healthcare Partners expects this region to experience significant acquisition activity throughout the remainder of 2018.

 

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Ophthalmology Investments Spread Across America: Part 2 – The South

PhysiciansFirst Healthcare Partners, the investment bank representing physician practices and surgery centers across the country, remains on the forefront of healthcare M&A activity. In Part 2 of our four-part series, we continue our exploration of ophthalmology practice mergers & acquisitions into a new highlighted region, The South, as defined by the United States Census Bureau. With two private-equity backed platforms recently entering the market in early 2018, The South has become a competitive territory for ophthalmology investment.

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Ophthalmology Investments Spread Across America: Part 1 - The Northeast

It’s no secret that ophthalmology practice mergers & acquisitions exploded in 2017 and the investment momentum has carried into 2018. At PhysiciansFirst Healthcare Partners, we represent ophthalmology practices in all geographic regions of the country. For our clients, it is valuable to know where ophthalmology acquisitions are happening, which private equity groups are behind the portfolio companies, and how their platforms are expanding. In this four-part series, we share our knowledge by focusing on key ophthalmology investments in specific geographic regions. We’ll start with a region experiencing significant private equity activity, The Northeast, as defined by the United States Census Bureau.

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Private Equity is Investing in Retina Practices

Over the past six months, our Advisory Resources writings have focused heavily on private equity investments in ophthalmology practices across the United States. During that time, we have received a growing number of inquiries about private equity’s interest in retina – either as part of a total ophthalmology group or sub-specialty practice. Bottom line, we are seeing increased interest for retina practices from private equity.

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The Associate Ophthalmologist Part 2: Physician Partnership Opportunities Under The New Private Equity Model

As mentioned in our previous post, there are many questions swirling around private equity investments in ophthalmology practices. Some particularly important ones relate to how a transaction will alter the career trajectory of associate ophthalmologists – particularly those with an interest in partnership. Is there upside for physicians who did not participate in the initial equity transaction? Will they ever have an opportunity to gain an equity position in the practice? The answer is yes, and here’s why.

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Associate Ophthalmologist Buy-In Reluctance: Private Equity Firms Solve the Problem

These days, many ophthalmology practices are faced with the challenge of securing their next generation of physician partners. Historically, practices brought in ophthalmology “associates” soon after residency or fellowship, and these associates immediately set their sights on the path to partnership. Although partnership was never guaranteed, it was expected to both reward physician loyalty and, more importantly, ensure practice continuity.

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Understanding the Types of Ophthalmology Buyers

As a physician-owner of an ophthalmology practice, you are probably trying to make sense of the acquisition and outside investment inquiries you’ve received over the past year. Where did all of these potential buyers come from? Who are they, and how do you separate the legitimate acquirers from the tire-kickers?

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Cash vs. Equity: Solving The Selling Decision Dilemma for Young Physician-Owners

As more physician-owners continue to capitalize on the value they’ve created within their practices, selling is understandably a tougher decision for younger physicians, who are often decades away from retirement age. Financially, today’s private equity transactions in ophthalmology are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, but physicians with long career runways are hesitant to pursue a transaction, fearing they will be “stuck” as an employed physician without upside incentivization for the rest of their career. Quite the dilemma.

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Private Equity is Changing the Game – If You Think You are Too Young, Too Small, or Too Specialized to Sell Your Ophthalmology Practice, You May Be Wrong

Private equity interest in buying ophthalmology practices is accelerating across the US. This interest has created a fundamental shift in how practice owners should think about the future of their businesses. As a result, many physicians are unclear or even confused about how these partnerships unfold and what makes a strong candidate for private equity investment. As this ophthalmology acquisition wave continues to build, we seek to dispel some of the common myths surrounding the new M&A landscape.

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