Veralon Views Blog

The Veralon Views blog is an extension of our partnership with leaders who are transforming the healthcare industry. Here, we share expert perspectives from our nationally recognized senior consulting team on issues that are key to the success of your organization.

Hospital M&A: Is This a Fair Deal? What to Consider

by Daniel Grauman, Managing Director & CEO
and Kevin Cope, Manager

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Board members of not-for-profit community hospitals face enormous pressure to protect their community’s access to care. Even when the economic reasons for hospital mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are compelling, the decision to give up control to another system cannot be made based on purchase price alone. It’s just one reason why not-for-profit board members must […]

Proposed Changes in The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Will Challenge Your Compensation Plans

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director
and Monica Nuñez, Manager

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CMS announced proposed policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and indicated that it will waive the 60-day publication requirement for the Final Rule and replace it with a 30-day notification. This means that the Final Rule will be effective January 1, 2021 even though it may not be published until December […]

4 Due Diligence Considerations in the COVID Era

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO
Robert F. Hill, Jr., Principal

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The health care industry continues to consolidate at a rapid pace.  Although the pandemic has delayed the implementation of some transactions and even compelled some organizations to cancel plans to merge or affiliate, others that would not likely have sought out affiliation options are now doing so. Under normal circumstances, key due diligence considerations pertaining […]

4 Myths of Physician Compensation

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director
and Richard Chasinoff, Principal

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There are a number of common beliefs about setting physician compensation that are pervasive. When closely examined, they turn out to be untrue. Once you know the facts, you can do a better job of establishing appropriate compensation structures and levels.   Contact the Authors: Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director, kkaplan@veralon.com Richard Chasinoff, Principal, rchasinoff@veralon.com

Hospital M&A During COVID-19: 3 Considerations in Determining the Right Affiliation Model

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO

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Hospital mergers and acquisitions (M&A) slowed down during the pandemic, with M&A volume declining each quarter and sinking to a 10-year low as management teams focused on the immediate operational priorities of the pandemic. Now, as the initial shock of the pandemic wears off, leaders who were leaning toward partnership before the pandemic are left […]

Designing the Right Healthcare Service Line Governance Structure: 4 Key Considerations

by Lynda Mischel, Principal


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Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare CEOs ranked financial challenges (e.g., reducing the operating costs for staff and supplies, declining reimbursement) and increasing competition from other providers, among the top issues facing hospitals. But with coronavirus expenses straining hospital budgets, in 2020, a new element, service line optimization has become critical to hospitals’ ability to […]