Integration Considerations during M&A Execution for Hospitals and Health Systems

Integration Considerations during M&A Execution for Hospitals and Health Systems

Those who follow the healthcare industry are undoubtedly familiar with the wave of consolidation that has been driven by the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the broader shift in market dynamics in recent years. For hospitals and health systems, pursuing a merger or acquisition can bring operating efficiencies, greater negotiating power due to expanded geographic presence or patient...

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What does Population Health Management mean for Providers?

What does Population Health Management mean for Providers?

There are many definitions of Population Health Management (PHM) today, but from a practitioner’s point of view, we adopt the following definition: A set of clinical, non-clinical and business processes, capabilities and technology to engage providers and patients towards creating a strong partnership to reduce overall cost of healthcare and improve health outcomes for a defined...

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Spatial Access Stratification: A New Dimension in Population Health

With the healthcare landscape changing from fee-for-service to fee-for-value models, healthcare provider systems (hospitals, clinics, independent physician associations, etc.) are now more than ever under pressure to effectively manage the health and cost outcomes of their given populations. Under such models, providers are not only providing healthcare service to the patients, but also...

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Can big pharma cure the common divestiture headache? Part 2 of 2

In part 1 of this blog, we discussed the key business processes that may pose a “headache” during big pharmaceutical divestitures. This second part of the blog will now examine similar technology roadblocks and headaches. Again, having an M&A readiness assessment and practical playbook can help alleviate these headaches while minimizing cost, time and risk during a divestiture.…

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Can big pharma cure the common divestiture headache? Part 1 of 2

Big pharma companies are aggressively pursuing acquisitive growth as a means to compete with biotech and specialty pharmaceuticals. Divestitures are the counterpart of this strategy – helping pharmaceuticals shed lines of business that are outside of core competencies to bring greater focus to core business, raising capital and maximizing probability of success with subsequent strategic...

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When the thorn in your side becomes unbearable: Five tolerable pain points that can kill your deal

No transaction is without its challenges. Deal makers expect some discomfort – and are often poised to “grin and bear it” in the hopes of executing a successful deal. In 2013, M&A activity was down – making successful execution of fewer deals critical. But, ignoring “tolerable” pain points in the hopes that they will get better can ultimately kill a deal in the 11th hour.…

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Healthcare Data Geeks are the Cool Kids Now: Part 3 of 3

Part 1 of this 3 part blog series discussed the various types of healthcare data available and why each type of data is important. Part 2 discussed the data value chain and how data and data analytics can help create tangible value for healthcare organizations.  This last part, Part 3, will discuss the role of health analytic capabilities  in the marketplace, whether a winner-take-all...

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Healthcare Data Geeks Are the Cool Kids Now: Part 1 of 3

Think back to the 80’s and the Revenge of the Nerds. Funny looking glasses. Pocket protectors. Definitely NOT an image associated with “cool kids”. Fast forward 30 years and now many of the people society called geeks are very much the cool kids in today’s changing healthcare landscape. Some of the most daunting challenges in healthcare today are reducing cost and improving quality – and...

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Lessons Learned from the Care Continuum Alliance Annual 2012 Conference

This was my first year attending the Forum 2012 conference created by the Care Continuum Alliance. I’ve always enjoyed their journal publications and found them to be substantial in providing new and cutting edge information on population health. The sessions were informative and following were the common themes: Consumerism Customers (not patients) are the main drivers of...

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The “Tragedy of the Commons” for wellness provides opportunity for health plans

The tragedy of the commons refers to a phenomenon where a shared resource is depleted by individuals acting independently and rationally according to their own self-interest, despite their understanding that the depletion of that common resource is contrary to their long term interest. For example, consider a small community that draws clean drinking water (shared resource) from a common...

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Wellness: A Timely Concern for Our Nation

Today more than ever, we as a nation face the challenge of rising healthcare costs. $3 out of every $4 spent on healthcare goes toward chronic diseases rather than the prevention of diseases and the promotion of health. Wellness has been a focus for some time within our existing healthcare system, but has not quite achieved the transformation at a national level to help curb our spiraling...

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