McKesson Corporation (NYSE:MCK) and Per-Se Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSTI) announced today that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement under which McKesson will acquire Per-Se. Per-Se is a leading provider of financial and administrative healthcare solutions for hospitals, physicians and retail pharmacies. Under the terms of the agreement, McKesson will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Per-Se for $28.00 per share in cash.
Per-Se fits directly with McKesson’s strategy to continue as a leader solving the clinical, financial and business process challenges facing healthcare today. The inclusion of Per-Se builds scale and strengthens customer relationships in existing McKesson businesses serving hospitals, physicians and pharmacies. In addition, Per-Se adds to McKesson the nation’s largest electronic pharmacy network connecting approximately 90 percent of U.S. retail pharmacies to other business partners to help manage key clinical, financial and administrative transactions for the pharmacist and payor. Per-Se’s current customer base includes approximately 100,000 physicians in small practices, 17,000 hospital-affiliated physicians, 3,000 hospitals and 50,000 retail pharmacies.
“Per-Se expands our customer base with products and services that augment and strengthen McKesson’s solutions portfolio,” said John Hammergren, chairman and chief executive officer of McKesson. “An increasingly complex reimbursement environment, a rapidly emerging market for physician office software, and the continued need for products and services to help our retail pharmacy customers compete more effectively and profitably, all create opportunities for McKesson to accelerate future growth. Per-Se’s highly regarded products and services strengthen our position in each of these key areas while also providing valuable scale. We look forward to welcoming the creativity and energy of Per-Se’s employees to McKesson.”

“Both McKesson and Per-Se share a vision to reduce healthcare costs while improving quality through streamlining business and clinical processes, and improving patient care,” said Philip M. Pead, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Per-Se Technologies. “Upon closing, our shareholders will realize an attractive and immediate cash premium on their investment in Per-Se. This announcement is also tremendous news for our customers and employees, who will benefit from a significantly enhanced product offering, along with the resources of the world’s largest healthcare services


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