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 […]

One Size Does Not Fit All: Your Ambulatory Services Must Be Tailored to the Value Equation of Each Consumer Segment

by Mark J. Dubow, Director
and Ross Shuster, Senior Associate

If your ambulatory network is the only provider in town, and it is providing high-quality services at reasonable rates that meet the community’s needs, those characteristics will likely position your organization for success. But what happens when your organization is surrounded by competitors (including some of the new entrants) fighting for market share? How do […]

Physician Engagement in Employed Physician Enterprises: Going Deeper

by Rudd Kierstead, Principal

You want to reduce physician subsidies in your employed physician enterprise, and you have numerous initiatives to increase physician engagement under way. What matters, however, is not the number of physician engagement efforts, but how thoroughly they engage physicians in operations at the ground level. Veralon recently surveyed leadership at 30 physician enterprises with 11,000 […]

Micro-Hospitals: Short-Term Fad or Promising Market Growth Strategy?

by Meredith Inniger, Manager

Many conversations we have with hospital and health system executives about market growth strategies eventually turns to the topic of micro-hospitals — and for good reason. These facilities typically include a small-scale emergency department (ED), low-acuity surgery, and are often comprised of eight to 10 inpatient beds as well as additional observation beds (notably, these […]

To Merge or Not to Merge: Informing the Conversation

by Scott Stuecher and Daniel Grauman

“Everyone in the industry is merging. We should be too.” “We’ve always been independent, and we should stay that way.” Independent hospitals continue to merge or affiliate with other hospitals or with health systems. However, independent hospitals still have company. In 2016, the latest year for which information is available, there were about 1,600 independent […]

Using “Relative Burden” to Determine Reasonable ED Call Coverage Compensation

by Stuart J. Schaff, Senior Manager

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Many hospitals are finding themselves in discussions with physician specialists regarding compensation for emergency department (ED) call coverage. An increasing number of physicians are paid for this coverage, and information on these payments is becoming more widely available to physicians in the form of published surveys and conversations with fellow physicians. While healthcare finance leaders […]

Advanced Practice Clinicians: About More Than Savings

by Rudd Kierstead, Principal

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Advanced practice clinicians are sometimes casually thought of as a cheaper alternative to physicians by healthcare administrators. In actuality, there are many compelling reasons to bring these clinicians into a practice; economics is not the whole picture. Many high-performing practices have found that advanced practice clinicians (APCs), including nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), and […]

Filling in the Blanks: Addressing Degree of Physician Alignment in Medical Staff Planning

by Molly Johnson, Manager

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If your organization is like most health systems and hospitals, your physician recruitment plan may be based on a less than complete picture of your existing physician base. Many medical staff recruitment plans do not consider the extent to which the organization’s physicians and their patients are making use of the organizations inpatient and ambulatory […]

Developing a Financially Robust Strategic Plan

by Sean Looby, Manager, Veralon

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A strategic plan provides a roadmap for where a hospital or health system will focus its efforts and resources. The plan must generate financial results required for long term success. Therefore, financial implications should be integrated throughout the planning process to focus on the initiatives that will have the most profound positive impact on the […]