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Exploring Critical Business and Legal Issues across the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries
HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES NEWS
Exploring Critical Business and Legal Issues across the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industries
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Unpacking Differences in Public and Private Hospital M&A

Across the public hospital sector, M&A activity has increased significantly over the past decade. Given the current COVID-19 landscape, many are taking a hard look at their operations to garner a better understanding of what needs to be done to be regain level footing during a tough financial time, while also focusing on a need to uphold their community’s best interest. Broadly speaking, many public hospitals are the sole provider in their communities, so making the right M&A choice is vital – not only for them, but those they serve. Here we will discuss the pressures of public hospitals financially, the trends driving M&A and what external pressures are impacting these hospital’s decisions. For a deeper dive into the issues discussed here, listen to our podcast, Dealmaking in the Sunlight: Navigating Public Hospital M&A. Financial Pressures Standalone entities, like many public hospitals, often lack economies of scale and do not have the...

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Five Questions with a Health Lawyer: Matt Perreault

Matt Perreault Office: Boston Years at Firm:  2 What is your favorite part about practicing health care law at McDermott?  As so many of my colleagues have expressed throughout this series, my favorite part of practicing healthcare law at McDermott is being a member of a collaborative and collegial team that is advising our diverse clients on their most critical and pressing issues.  Having spent much of my career in-house, I have experienced firsthand how McDermott’s approach to client service, anchored in humility, empathy and practicality, consistently delivers differentiated value and results for our clients. What is the biggest opportunity and greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus today?  I believe that the transition to value-based arrangements will continue to accelerate. Collaborative Transformations will proliferate and present both tremendous opportunities for, and challenges to, traditional healthcare providers. Hospitals, health...

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2019 Hospital and Health Systems Year in Review

Hospitals and health systems are facing consumer demand for innovation, the need to expand and enhance streams of revenue and the push for improved quality, all while navigating changing regulations, federal enforcement, antitrust litigation and business pressures. 2019 saw hospitals and health systems navigate these challenges and more, with valuable lessons for 2020. This Special Report presents some of the key legal actions and trends impacting hospitals, health systems and investors in the space, along with insights on how these developments will impact organizations in 2020. We address, among other topics: 2019’s transformative regulatory changes and legislation, and the legal challenges that followed Financial distress signals, pricing strategies and contracting practices Collaborative Transformation at work in a variety of sectors and the increase in innovation centers Data privacy and cybersecurity challenges impacting the healthcare space Click here...

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Disrupting Healthcare – Constructively: Considerations for Executing Innovation

The healthcare industry is facing significant disruption from new market entrants and technology innovations that have the potential to improve how care is delivered, to lower healthcare costs, and to improve healthcare outcomes. But not all disruption is built to have a sustained and positive impact—how do you tell which innovative technologies and ventures will change healthcare for the better, and which are just noise? We all hear about disruptive innovation – the power of innovative thinking that sees beyond traditional ways of doing things in favor of new, better methods. When innovators enter the health arena and consider its problems creatively, they seek to break down inefficient aspects that don’t work well for stakeholders and patients. Problems can arise, however, if these innovators simultaneously disrupt processes or protective expectations that serve important functions. Healthcare is a heavily regulated and normative environment—for good...

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How to Engage in Constructive Disruption

The healthcare industry is facing significant disruption from new market entrants and technology innovations that have the potential to improve how healthcare is delivered. But how do you tell which innovative technologies and ventures will have a sustained and positive impact, and which are just noise? In this episode of the Collaborative Transformation podcast series, Lucia Savage, chief privacy and regulatory officer at Omada Health, joins McDermott partner Jennifer S. Geetter to discuss: What it takes for disruption to be truly constructive in today’s dynamic market The rise of mobile healthcare delivery and patient engagement, driven by technological advances and consumer expectations The limits of the HIPAA regulatory framework and current reimbursement rules as they relate to digital health technologies Tips for tapping into the growing digital health innovation community through strategic investment Click here to listen to the episode....

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Five Questions with a Health Lawyer: Marshall E. Jackson, Jr.

Marshall E. Jackson, Jr. Associate Office: Washington, DC Year at Firm: 4 What is your favorite part about practicing healthcare law at McDermott?  My favorite part of practicing healthcare law at McDermott is working with clients that are out in front tackling very interesting and unique issues. The healthcare industry continues to evolve, and our clients are at the forefront. The changes in the industry have required clients to navigate areas of uncertainty, and our clients look to us to help them navigate that uncertainty. I have been blessed to sit shoulder to shoulder with a dynamic McDermott team helping our clients tackle new and unprecedented issues. No day is a dull day. What is the biggest opportunity and greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus today?  Many of our clients face the challenge of balancing the need to deliver affordable, quality healthcare to people when and where they need it, while maximizing return on investment for...

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Podcast: Collaboration Through Innovation Centers

Healthcare is facing a time of transformation as regulators, providers and other stakeholders take action to improve care coordination and increase the use of technology to deliver care. Hospital and health system innovation centers are increasingly acting as the catalyst to fuel growth and expansion through technology and data. In this episode of the Collaborative Transformation podcast series, McDermott partners Kerrin Slattery and Krist Werling discuss: Opportunities for innovation centers and other collaborative arrangements in healthcare Top regulatory and compliance challenges innovators face and ways to navigate them Organizational and cultural issues for healthcare leaders to consider when making innovation a strategic priority Investment structures and unique due diligence concerns to address when designing or investing in innovative deals Key considerations when executing cross-border transactions in healthcare and life sciences Click here to listen...

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Proactive Due Diligence Considerations for Life Sciences Dealmakers

In today’s competitive and fast-paced life sciences dealmaking environment, buyers and investors are often unable to spend as much time on due diligence as they might like. Market players are often highly focused on the science itself and, as a result, may pay less attention to issues such as supply chain, intellectual property components and reimbursement. However, addressing these topics at the due diligence stage is critical—they can cause a deal to unravel if left unexamined, regardless of the strength of the science. Due diligence standards and considerations vary significantly across life sciences subsectors— pharma, medical devices, digital health and AI are each governed by unique regulatory structures and operate in very different deal landscapes. Buyers and investors are well advised to consider end-game issues such as reimbursement options, protection for valuable IP and pathways to commercialization early in the planning process. Framing the areas...

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Collaborative Transformation: Life Sciences Partnerships – Delivering Deals that Work

The life sciences marketplace has been ripe for collaboration for the past decade, but new players, new technologies and new regulations are changing the space. Traditional life sciences companies are working together in new and exciting ways, bringing a variety of deal structures and new complexities into the landscape. Our Collaborative Transformation podcast episode "Driving the Deal: Life Sciences Partnership Opportunities, Pitfalls and Impact" with Emmanuelle Trombe and Gary Howes explores these issues in depth. Below are key takeaways from the episode, which you can listen to in full here. It's not just new players changing the space—it’s new approaches by traditional players. "It's not only about pharma and biotech," Trombe said. "We are seeing collaboration with health care players such as payers, insurers and providers." Technology companies are also entering the space, bringing financial and philanthropic investments to the table. "People are still...

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Five Questions with a Health Lawyer: Megan Rooney

Megan Rooney Partner Office: Chicago Years at Firm: 13 What is your favorite part about practicing health care law at McDermott?  The team, the team, the team! It’s a pleasure to work with colleagues who have deep substantive expertise, prioritize client service, and are good human beings. As a healthcare M&A attorney, I am responsible for leading large teams of attorneys, including a variety of subspecialists, to drive efficient and effective outcomes and achieve business goals. I love knowing that, in nearly every instance, when an issue arises we have the specific expertise to handle it and there is no need to reinvent the wheel. What is the biggest opportunity facing clients in your area of focus today?  Our hospital and health system clients have a tremendous opportunity to improve the delivery of patient care, expand services provided to their communities and defend against the challenge of declining reimbursement through strategic partnerships. In...

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