Case Study: Developing a Regional Oncology Program

by Mark Dubow, Director

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Challenge: Design a strategy to become the market leader for oncology services across a broad region that accounted for implications of emerging trends specific to: incidence of tumor sites, population, evolution of care, competitor vulnerabilities, and oncology reimbursement.   Contact our Thought Leader: Mark Dubow, Director, mdubow@veralon.com

Fair Play, Fair Pay: Assuring Provider Pay Equity

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Managing Director

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It’s not easy to determine if there is equity in provider compensation across your organization, given the many departments, specialties, and roles—but it’s essential. Consider the following hypothetical: A local news source reports a 30% pay discrepancy between your male and female maintenance employees performing the same work. Chances are you would rather not have […]

Responding to 5 Competitive Threats to CINs

by Molly Johnson, Consultant

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Health systems and their Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) face threats from a variety of competitors, including market disruptors, that may lure away aligned independent physicians and patients. Although the landscape of these competitors differs by market, they threaten the core business of CINs and complicate health system alignment with independent physician groups. Contact the Author: […]

Magnitude of Financial Pressures Demands Fast, Actionable Financial Planning

by J. David Robeson, III, Principal
and Ross Shuster, Manager

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Yet again, the latest Omicron surge delivered a financial punch to hospitals and health systems across the country, with many organizations experiencing one of their worst quarters ever this year. Now, healthcare leaders must take a fresh look at their financial planning process to determine their way forward in a turbulent environment. When the highly […]

Beyond ‘Shark Tank’: Applying Healthcare Valuation Multiples Is Harder than It Seems

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO
and Jessica E. Stack, Principal

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It’s a familiar scene from a blockbuster show: A billionaire investor sizes up a company by dividing the value of the company by its annual profit to find the multiple. It’s a metric used to assess the market value of an asset, and in the world of “Shark Tank,” it comes to investors quickly and […]

Anatomy of a Deal Series No. 5:
After the Deal Is Over: What Hospital Integration Looks Like

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO

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The devil is in the details. A year after the merger of Independent Hospital (IHX) and Regional Health System (RHS), the work of integrating these facilities is still underway. Some aspects of integration, such as reviewing group purchasing contracts, food services agreements, opportunities to consolidate back-office functions and more, have been relatively easy to complete. […]

Why It’s Time to Update Your Physician Compensation Model

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Managing Director

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It’s time to stop playing “kick the can” when it comes to physician compensation in hospitals and health systems. When the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) sought to restructure physician reimbursement by increasing payment to cognitive care specialists such as primary care physicians and reducing reimbursement for procedure-based specialists, it was a move designed […]

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

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO

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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 […]