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.

COVID-19 and Physician Compensation:
Part 2 – How Will You Respond?

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director
Richard Chasinoff Principal

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Physician compensation plans have generally been designed to meet specific health system objectives including: Optimizing recruitment and retention Aligning physician financial incentives with organization goals around quality, productivity, citizenship Promoting consistency and equity among physicians Most compensation models reflect expectations with respect to production, quality, and time worked, and target expected levels of compensation based […]

COVID-19: A Service Line Approach to Re-Engaging Patients During the Pandemic

by Mark J. Dubow, Director
and Lynda Mischel, Principal

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The COVID-19 crisis is likely to include a series of recurring cycles over an extended period —a “pulsed recovery” that will result in a new normal in which clinical care operations have fundamentally changed. While Herculean efforts are focused on the immediate challenges, the deferred needs of the chronically ill (e.g., congestive heart failure, COPD, […]

COVID-19: Physician Practices Disrupted

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director
Robert Hill, Principal
Richard Chasinoff, Principal

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Many physicians, and other clinicians, are working harder than perhaps they ever have under extraordinary conditions, as COVID-19 surges through our communities. While those conditions will improve as the initial surge subsides, physician practices, both independent and employed, will need to change to respond to the consequences of that surge, and the potential for secondary […]

COVID-19 and Hospital Finances: Assessing the Impact

by David Robeson, Principal

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COVID-19 is a tsunami for hospitals—the waters pulling back as beds are emptied, then an overwhelming and uncontrollable surge wave. Like an actual tsunami, this one may have multiple surges. But even with several waves, an actual tsunami is over quickly and recovery returns you to a former baseline. With COVID, it is likely that […]

COVID-19 and Physician Compensation:
Part 1 – Physicians on the Front Line

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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The Blanket Waivers that CMS issued on sanctions under the physician self-referral law (Stark) do not halt application of the law during this emergency time period. Instead, they waive sanctions for certain circumstances that would otherwise violate the self-referral law. The 18 individual waivers address a variety of financial arrangements between physicians and designated health […]

Ambulatory Care Planning: A Quantitative Approach

by Craig Holm, Director
and Scott Stuecher, Manager

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Ambulatory care has grown dramatically in recent years, and all signs point to continued growth. In 2017 (the most recent year for which data is available), net outpatient service revenue equaled 95% of net inpatient revenue, an increase from 83% in 2013.[1] Clearly every hospital and health system must have an effective ambulatory care strategy. […]

Launching a Community Oncology Center: 5 Key Considerations

by Meredith Inniger, Manager


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Rapid evolution in diagnostics and treatment for cancer care, innovation through genomics and predictive analytics, the continuing shift toward value-based care are hastening the migration of oncology from hospital settings to community-based centers.  This raises the question: Is now the right time to invest in a community oncology center? The experiences of multiple health systems […]

Four Keys to Ensuring High Quality Care by Your Post-Acute Care Strategic Partners

by Mark J. Dubow, Director

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It is increasingly important for hospitals and health systems to be proactive in enhancing and ensuring the quality of care in those post-acute care (PAC) facilities to which they refer patients. This influence is critical to preventing prolonged recovery periods with their associated increase in the cost of care. Hospitals also want to assure that […]

Is Now the Right Time for a Cardiology Lease Agreement? 4 Things to Consider

by Jessica E. Stack, Senior Manager
Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

Fifteen years ago, the move toward adding stress testing, nuclear testing, and more to cardiology practices’ in-office offerings began to pick up speed as physicians realized they could increase practice revenue by as much as 15 percent by adding ancillary services. While reimbursement for many cardiac diagnostic services was significantly reduced in 2010, income from […]