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8 FTC Interventions in Healthcare M&A Deals

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Are you playing M&A chess or Pac-Man?
Are you playing M&A chess or Pac-Man?

In our new book we use chess as metaphor for health system planning.  Unfortunately, health system mergers and acquisitions often look more like the video game Pac-Man to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) than chess.  Because buyers appear to be gobbling up competitors and creating regional monopolies, the FTC is constantly intervening in purchases of physician practices and hospitals. (more…)

Aligning Providers to Reduce Readmissions for Medicare’s HRRP, ACOs, & BPCI

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Medicare’s pay-for-performance reimbursement systems, and similar commercial payor systems, are financially hurting hospitals, health systems, and ACOs that can’t get readmissions under control. There are litanies of programs and structures for aligning acute care facilities, physicians, and post-acute providers to reduce readmissions. However, the process of feasibility, program selection, program design, and implementation is a challenging endeavor. (more…)

10 Successes in CVD, COPD Readmission Reductions

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There are pockets of clinical excellence all over the U.S.  At HCTA, our goal is to spread that excellence to everyone.  Below are 10 examples of successful program efforts that are reducing hospital readmissions and saving lives with respect to cardivascular disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). (more…)

Negotiating Radiology Stipends & Subsidies

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Before your next professional interpretation contract renewal is here, take some time to assess if your situation has changed since the last go around.  Below are 6 things to consider before renegotiating your coverage arrangement. (more…)

7 Mistakes Imaging Centers Make During Sales

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All imaging centers and radiologists are feeling reimbursement pressure from recent cuts. This list identifies 7 common mistakes that prevent imaging center sellers from getting the best price possible. (more…)

12 Physician Alignment Contract Deal Types

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Every healthcare executive should have a repertoire of doctor deals to draw upon. Contracts can be especially effective alignment devices because they can be deployed much faster and cheaper than acquisitions or joint venture deals. (more…)