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.

Anatomy of a Deal Series No. 4:
Navigating the Due Diligence Process

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

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Once the matchmaking aspect of a healthcare M&A is complete and the parties involved agree on what partnership might look like, the next step is due diligence. Performing due diligence can seem like a “check the boxes” exercise—but it’s much more than that. It’s an opportunity to explore the strategic implications of a proposed merger […]

3 Ways to Use Hospital Price Transparency Data for Competitive Advantage

by John Harris, Director
and Clare O'Mara, Senior Associate

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Shifting a $1 trillion dollar industry from confidential contracts to publicly published pricing is a massive transformation. In the middle of recovering from the COVID-19 crisis, hospitals are responding to this transformation. Background: The hospital price transparency rules require consumer-friendly tools to help individuals shop for hospital services based on price. They also require hospitals […]

3 Key Factors to Analyze as Cardiac Procedures Move to Outpatient

by Mark J. Dubow, Director
and Ross Shuster, Manager

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By recategorizing procedures previously designated inpatient only, CMS is actively redirecting a significant number of cases to Hospital Outpatient Department (“HOPD”) and community-based ambulatory surgery center (“ASC”) settings. We have discussed the impact this will have on outpatient surgery, and strategies to prepare. This outpatient shift will also affect cardiac services, creating both risks and […]

Continuing to Navigate the Changes in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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The changes in Work RVU (WRVU) values contained in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule have the potential for wholesale disruption to productivity-based physician compensation models. To date, the response has varied among health systems, but for the most part, due to pandemic distractions and the sheer complexity of the impact, organizations have kicked the […]

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 […]

Anatomy of a Deal Series No. 3:
The Art of Negotiating a Deal in Healthcare M&A

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

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So you’ve made it through the request for proposals (RFP) process, an ordeal that can amount to a great deal of (usually digital) paperwork and a series of check-the-box demands, with little, if any, one-to-one discussion with the issuer. Now comes the interesting part: discussions between the healthcare organization that is seeking a partner, and […]

The Surgery Shift from Inpatient – Assessing the Financial Impact

by Mark J. Dubow, Director
and Meredith Inniger, Manager

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Surgery has long been a key driver of hospital profitability. Effectively handling the new Medicare outpatient surgery rule[1] and subsequent care shift to outpatient settings is critical to long term financial success. This rule includes several important policy changes, most notably the elimination of the Inpatient Only List on a phased schedule through CY2024 when […]

5 Compensation Considerations for Entry-Level Physicians

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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Newly-minted physicians are in high demand. Depending on specialty, a new physician may be approached with offers by private practices, hospital-owned physician groups, urgent care centers, and/or large specialty staffing companies. With all this competition, how can you improve your ability to recruit the physicians you need and want? Click here to view our infographic […]

Hospital M&A: 3 Key Considerations to Reach a Fair Deal

by Daniel M. 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 cede control to another system cannot be made based on purchase price alone. It’s just one reason why not-for-profit board members must understand […]

Compensation to Employed Physicians for Providing On-Call Coverage

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director
and Amanda Brown, Manager

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Hospitals are increasingly challenged to meet their Emergency Department (ED) and trauma center coverage requirements. This challenge has been enhanced by the shortage of specialty physicians in certain markets, and the increasing number of physicians unwilling to provide the coverage, due to quality-of-life issues, reimbursement pressures, and increased malpractice liability related to emergency care. Therefore, […]