Finding a Partner with the Right Cultural Fit: 4 Strategies

by Meredith Inniger, Manager

Open PDF file > It’s healthcare’s version of dating: sizing up another organization for a potential partnership or merger. Seventy-one percent of healthcare leaders expect their organization’s merger, acquisition, or partnership activity to increase over the next three years. With continued changes to healthcare’s competitive landscape, hospital mergers and acquisitions (M&As) reached a record high […]

Assessing the Financial Impact and Viability of a Hospital Acquisition

by Sean Looby, Manager
Becker's Hospital Review
February 2018

Hospital M&A deals continue at a rapid pace. Evaluating a prospective deal requires a more detailed process of transaction due diligence than ever before, as tightening reimbursement and pressures to lower costs mean decreasing margins for error in decision making.

Hospital Independence Assessments

by Scott Stuecher, Manager

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Consolidation among healthcare providers has continued at a significant rate over the last decade. In 2005, 45% (2,220) of acute, non-federal community hospitals were independent; by 2015, the figure had fallen to 34% (1,677)[1]. Factors driving this consolidation have been well articulated and thoroughly examined, and include financial distress, competitive pressures, the challenges of success […]

The Evolving Academic-Community Partnership: Part II – The Proactive Collaborator

by Katherine Cwiek, Manager & Laura Zacchigna, Senior Associate

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Proactive collaboration allows AMCs and community counterparts to benefit from each other’s strengths, creating value that wasn’t necessarily sought or derived from more traditional partnering approaches. In Part I of this blog post on partnerships between community hospitals/systems and academic/major teaching centers (“AMCs”) we: Explored changes in AMC rationale for pursuing partnerships and partner attributes […]

The Evolving Academic-Community Partnership: Part I

by Katherine Cwiek, Manager & Laura Zacchigna, Senior Associate

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Industry transformation requires major adaptations from healthcare organizations – to increase scale, enhance scope, and achieve differentiation, among others. Partnerships can be a key vehicle to facilitate and pursue these adaptations. Partnerships between academic and community hospitals/health systems are a unique sub-set of healthcare provider partnerships. Academic providers aligning with their community counterparts is, of […]

Post-Acute Care Partners: A Make-or-Break Choice

by Mark Dubow, Director

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Your selection of post-acute care (“PAC”) partners can make or break your value-based payment programs and care management initiatives. Even where fee-for-service is still dominant, having the right post-acute care partners can improve economic performance by reducing length of stay and minimizing acute care readmissions. Most health systems and hospitals do not own PAC facilities, […]

Mergers and Real Competition

by John Harris, Director & Stu Schaff, Manager
HFM Blog
December 2014

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  It’s easy to get swept up in merger mania. Many industry observers see rapid consolidation with no end in sight. In fact, a recent report by one major consulting firm posited that only about half of the current health systems will be left standing in 10 years. This conclusion was supported by analyses from […]

The Evolving Rationale for Consolidation in Health Care

by Dan Grauman, Director & CEO & Katherine Cwiek, Manager
HFM Blog
July 2015

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Consolidation in the healthcare industry is well-established and moving full-steam ahead. There were an average of 100 hospital transactions per year between 2011 and 2014, compared with 60 per year in the preceding four-year period.a More than 60 percent of U.S. hospitals are now part of a health system.b In most major metropolitan areas, the […]