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.

3 Critical Planning Steps for Rationalizing Service Lines

by Lynda Mischel, Principal
and Kelvin Polanco, Associate

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COVID-19 has shocked the U.S healthcare system – forcing physician and administrative leaders to think critically about how their current service line models can be improved to better serve and treat their patient populations. Many service lines were designed to maximize patient throughput by offering multiple access points without much consideration for efficiency. As a […]

Physician Enterprise Optimization

by Rudd Kierstead, Principal
and Robert F. Hill, Jr., Principal

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Prior to the pandemic, we learned something quite surprising.  In a Veralon survey, only 42% of respondents viewed the financial losses on employed physician enterprises as “unacceptable” or a “major priority.” Perhaps “surprising” is too tame a description.  We were “shocked.”  At the time of our survey, the level of losses typically varied between $150,000-$200,000 […]

3 Ways to Build Relationships with Independent Physicians Now



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It is the opportune time to build relationships with independent physicians. As always, one answer does not fit all so leadership needs to assess each individual physician and the appropriate models with care and attention. After more than two months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation for many independent practices remains shaky. Practices are struggling […]

Should Your Hospital Remain Independent? 5 Key Considerations

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO
and Scott Stuecher, Manager

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COVID-19 delivered a gut punch to the outlook for not-for-profit hospitals in 2020, moving from a “stable but delicately balanced” outlook this past January to a negative outlook in late March due to the rapidly evolving pandemic. While independent hospital leaders have always needed to keep a careful eye on their organization’s ability to remain […]

Address “Sacred Cows” to Get Past COVID-19 Shock

by Mark J. Dubow, Director
and John Harris, Director

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Every organization has sacred cows. The financial challenge from COVID-19 calls for large scale improvements. This has emboldened our clients to address sacred cows, making tough changes that were unthinkable a few months ago.  The time to act is now! Sacred cows to consider include: Underperforming Assets: Every organization has some assets that perform significantly […]

Contemplating Your Healthcare Organization’s Future in a COVID-19 Environment

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO

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Intro to M&A Blog Series: As healthcare organizations brace for financial losses stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, some will have a harder time weathering the storm than others. It’s a predicament that could propel some not-for-profit hospitals and health systems into partnerships in 2020 and beyond. Just months ago, experts thought hospital and health system […]

COVID-19 and Your Strategic Plan: What Now?

by John Harris, Director
Meredith Inniger, Manager

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The pandemic has led healthcare leaders to ask, “Should we just throw out our strategic plan?” Though much has changed, the quickest and most effective way to lead and make good decisions – and to reassure boards and other stakeholders – is to revise and build on your existing strategic plan[1]. It will help set […]

COVID-19: 5 Approaches to Creating Parallel Systems of Care During the Pandemic

by Mark J. Dubow, Director
and John Harris, Director

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Though COVID-19 has absorbed the world’s attention, hospitals must also effectively treat all of those patients who needed care before COVID-19 appeared. Many of these patients are deferring or skipping necessary care, often against their physician’s advice, for fear of contracting COVID-19 at a healthcare provider. Providers need to allay patient fears and establish effective […]