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 Ways to Build Relationships with Physicians Now

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director
and Rudd Kierstead, Principal

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Many independent physicians are financially challenged as the COVID-19 impact continues. Some may find employment or other alignment opportunities attractive now, even if they have not shown interest in the past. Health systems that work to develop relationships with these physicians now will be at an advantage.

Interactions of Medicare Alternative Payment Models

by John Harris, Director
and Amanda Brown, Manager

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CMS continues to authorize voluntary and mandatory alternative payment models (APMs) to shift risk to providers. Beyond choosing which models offer the best opportunity, providers must evaluate the impact of participating in multiple APMs simultaneously. Overlapping APMs can be synergistic or self-defeating. Where simultaneous participation is an option, overlapping incentives are complicated and may not […]

Why It May Be Time for Health Systems to Restructure their Physician Enterprises

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO
and John Harris, Director

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Even before the pandemic, the median loss per physician employed by a hospital or health system totaled more than $278,000. Now, as hospitals face their biggest financial crisis ever, hospital leaders must consider: “Is there a better structure for our physician enterprise?” The pain points that hospitals and physicians experience under an employed physician enterprise […]

Is Your Provider Compensation Program Comprehensive?

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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As one of the largest health system cost centers and one with significant regulatory implications, physician compensation should be top priority. A comprehensive approach to physician compensation enables the organization to recruit and retain physician talent, align physician incentives with those of the organization to drive performance, and maintain an infrastructure to mitigate risk associated […]

Are You Developing Financial Projections?

by Daniel M. Grauman,, Managing Director & CEO
and Jessica Stack, Senior Manager

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Are you developing financial projections for business planning or an upcoming valuation?  During COVID-19, each organization was uniquely impacted by management decisions, state and local policy, and specialty-specific challenges or opportunities, etc. Normalizing financials moving forward should proceed with these considerations. Click here to view how various factors impact these projections.

Anatomy of a Deal Series No. 1:
Anatomy of a Deal: Why 2021 Could Present Interesting Opportunities for Acquisitions

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

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The road through COVID-19 likely will be uneven for not-for-profit systems, with factors such as geography, cash position, unemployment and soft demand for services all playing a role. But for some systems, year two of the pandemic could also prove to be the right time for growth. In our “Anatomy of a Deal” series, we’ll […]

Choosing the Optimal Strategic Relationships

by Mark Dubow, Director
and John Harris, Director

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Your organization’s near-term success is dependent on emerging from COVID in full sprint to address critical strategic initiatives and new opportunities. Strategic relationships can provide access to capabilities, expertise and speed to market that are superior to a “build” or “buy” approach. While traditional relationships (other hospitals/systems, health plans, etc.) offer a degree of support, […]

Making Sense of the Ever-Changing Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director,
and Richard Chasinoff, Principal
and Jack Lacy, Senior Associate

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By now you’ve probably read (whether published by Veralon or another source) that there were significant changes made to the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS). The entire program was originally intended to be budget neutral, but reimbursement was restructured to increase payments to cognitive specialties (such as primary care and other medical specialties) and […]

5 Key Benefits of a Service Line Management Structure

by Lynda Mischel, Principal
and Meredith Inniger, Manager

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Often service lines are just a marketing tool, branding assorted practices as a specialty service line without connecting the services in a meaningful way. By establishing a management structure for service lines, hospitals and health systems can create an organized system of care for patients to progress smoothly from service to service. As health systems […]