2023 Q1 healthcare bankruptcies outpace 2022

In the first quarter of 2023, 17 healthcare companies with more than $10 million in liabilities filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a sharp rise compared to seven bankruptcies in the first quarter of 2022, Bloomberg Law reported June 9.

High-profile bankruptcies from Envision, Invacare Corp. and Sorrento Therapeutics contributed to the numbers. The first three months of 2023 saw a slight slump in bankruptcies but remain higher than the same period a year ago.

Despite the year-over-year increase, the first quarter of 2023 still had fewer healthcare bankruptcies than the fourth quarter of 2022.

"Once the government money ran out, once all the stimulus dollars around healthcare ran out, there was essentially going to be this backwash," Timothy Dragelin, a healthcare director at FTI Consulting, told Bloomberg. "The fact that labor costs increased substantially—you also had the issues with supply chain and supply chain caused some disruptions."

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