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Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions: Planning for Realistic and Achievable Results

A high volume of mergers and acquisitions between and among hospitals and health systems continue to dominate the healthcare landscape, with an increasing number of transactions anticipated in 2018.1 The… READ MORE

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

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… READ MORE

Don’t Lose Sight of the Strategic Value of Due Diligence

Performing due diligence can seem like a “check the boxes” exercise as organizations verify material facts, gain a clear view of the risks involved, and more. But there is strategic… READ MORE

What Does CVS-Aetna Have in Store for Hospitals?

Twelve years after launching the retail health insurgency with the purchase of the start-up MinuteClinic, CVS Health is upping the ante. In the biggest deal of 2017, CVS Health acquired… READ MORE

Do Your ACO’s Provider Distributions Need to Be at Fair Market Value?

Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) receive a substantial portion of their revenue through shared savings programs in which payers pay the ACO a portion of total cost savings generated by member… READ MORE

Advanced Practice Clinicians: About More Than Savings

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… READ MORE

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

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… READ MORE

Developing a Financially Robust Strategic Plan

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…. READ MORE

ACOs: To Risk, Or Not To Risk?

Despite many uncertainties, the shift toward value based payment continues. More Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs have entered risk-based tracks (Tracks 2, 3, and now Track 1+), to take… READ MORE

Different Economics, Different Payment: Call Coverage Stipends for Employed vs. Independent Physicians

Physician employment agreements now commonly include compensation for services beyond basic clinical services; they may also provide compensation for medical directorships, teaching, on-call payments, and so on. We have found… READ MORE