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MCIC Press Release

November 29th , 2005

Hot Off The Press

Mergers and Acquisitions in the Managed Care Industry: The Trends, Issues and Impact
Live 90-Minute Audio Conference Scheduled For Tuesday, December 13, 2005 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

MANASQUAN, N.J. —  During the first three quarters of 2005, $111.8 billion was committed to healthcare mergers and acquisitions. In the third quarter, $57.5 billion was committed to finance healthcare deals. And the managed care sector alone posted three billion dollar deals in the third quarter totaling $16.9 billion.

Projections are for managed care M&A’s to continue to be strong as companies position themselves to take advantage of Medicare Part D opportunities or increase market share in 2006.  In the just past year, UnitedHealth bid to buy PacifiCare for $8.1 billion for their strong Medicare business in eight states. And WellPoint agreed to buy WellChoice, the parent of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield to increase its market share in New York.

Discover what the future may hold for health plan M&A’s in the months and year ahead! Plan to attend “Mergers and Acquisitions in the Managed Care Industry: The Trends, Issues and Impact,” a special senior-level audio conference sponsored by the Managed Care Information Center.  The program is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2005 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm ET.

Join Catherine Cusak, Director of MTS Health Partners; Court Houseworth, Managing Director of Cain Brothers and Company; Mitchell Kornblit, Principal of Shattuck Hammond Partners; and Barbara Shattuck, Member, Board of Directors of Tufts Health Plan and Principal of Shattuck Hammond Partners to learn the current trends in M&A’s, what are the issues, what are state officials' issues, what acquirers are seeking in a suitable fit, the strategic buyer's interests, and, finally, the impact on providers in a consolidated market.  These speakers represent three leading investment banking companies that focus on merger & acquisition services in the healthcare industry for both providers and payors.

They will cover topics including:

  • Overview of Recent Trends and Factors in Health Plan Mergers and Acquisitions
  • The Strategies Behind Recent Health Plan Deals
  • What are United and Wellpoint Likely to Do Next?
  • How are Public Companies Going to Respond?
  • The Complex Issues Involved in Payor M&A
  • What’s Going On in Provider-Sponsored Managed Care?
  • What Acquirers are Seeking in a Suitable Fit
  • The Strategic Buyer's Interests         
  • M&A Trends in the Non-Public Arena
  • Valuation and Transaction Multiples
  • The Opportunities for Sellers in the Current Managed Care Environment
  • What the Future May Hold for Health Plan M&A??                         
  • The Board of Directors View of M&A
  • Live Question and Answer Session


For providers, these mergers and acquisitions may mean less competition and lower fees. The large plans will be able to dictate their terms and not worry. That’s why medical associations come out against such mergers. Regulators also are concerned with the decrease in competition and the impact on the consumer. These deals must be approved on the federal and state levels. State approval must be obtained in every state the acquired company does business.  Attend this senior-level audio conference to evaluate what this business climate may mean to your organization!

How to Register

To register for “Mergers and Acquisitions in the Managed Care Industry: The Trends, Issues and Impact,” visit or call (800) 516-4343.

The cost of the conference is $227 per site if registered before December 7 and $277 after the early bird deadline. A CD will also be available for purchase for those unable to attend the live conference. For further details and other pricing options, visit

Address: The Managed Care Information Center, 1913 Atlantic Ave., Suite F4, Manasquan, NJ 08736; (732) 292-1100,





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Sales, marketing or business development executives may also call for more information, 1-800-516-4343.

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