Value-based Care

2022 Outlook: Health Care Investment Boom Is Likely to Continue This Year

In 2021, investors poured a record amount of capital into health care, and industry insiders say that the flood of cash is likely to continue flowing in 2022. Experts predict that investments in health tech, which drew the highest level of investment of any health care sector last year, will continue to grow — and carriers may want to make a splash in new areas of business.

According to a white paper prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), deals in the U.S. health care sector increased by 56%, for a total volume of $203 billion, through Nov. 15, 2021, compared to the same period in 2020. Meanwhile, a report by Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) found that venture capital funding of health care startups in the U.S. and Europe hit $80 billion, “beating 2020’s record by more than 30%.”

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PACE Is Poised for Expansion as COVID Highlights Home Needs

As Congressional lawmakers consider additional funding for home and community-based services (HCBS) in Medicaid and the pandemic underscores the importance of enhanced support for community-dwelling seniors, a small but growing segment of the Medicare market is experiencing a resurgence. Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) are designed to support frail, elderly Americans who require a nursing home level of care by providing comprehensive medical care and social supports to help them remain at home, and sources tell AIS Health that PACE competition is heating up as more venture capital firms look to invest in PACE organizations and as multiple states expand their programs.

Optum Dominates UnitedHealth’s Investor Day, Growth Strategy

UnitedHealth Group’s Investor Day presentation, Wall Street analysts came away with the distinct impression that the company’s Optum division — which now comprises 52% of its overall earnings — was the “star of the show.”

UnitedHealth’s annual investor day “featured a heavy dose of the integration and collaboration” between Optum and UnitedHealthcare, the company’s health insurance division, to drive its long-term target of 13% to 16% earnings per share (EPS) growth, Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe wrote in a Nov. 30 note to investors.

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