2023 High-Impact Initiatives: Emerging from the Crisis

by Mark Dubow, Director
and Meredith Inniger, Principal

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Leaders of hospitals and health systems face an array of difficult challenges as they move into 2023. In light of the challenges providers face, the Veralon team has identified high-impact initiatives that may help systems turn the corner for a brighter 2023. Briefly, the challenges include: Weakened balance sheets that limit capital available for new […]

Case Study: Developing a Growth Strategy for a Clinically Integrated Network

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This clinically integrated network (“CIN”) had a track record of success, but was still leaving money on the table. Did they need to achieve formal CIN designation? Would one model of physician participation accommodate all types of interested physicians? Contact our Thought Leaders: John Harris, Managing Director, jharris@veralon.com Molly Johnson, Consultant, mjohnson@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: […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]