Financial Metrics

Mergers and Acquisitions
Do Some Nonprofit Hospitals Deserve Their Status?

The vast majority of hospital care in the U.S. has historically been delivered by nonprofit organizations, which benefit from a wide array of federal, state, and local tax exemptions. In recent years, however, the charitable status of some hospitals and health systems has been called into question. Tighter operating margins…

hospital outpatient procedures
Deciphering the Root Causes of Surgical Price Variation

A recent Los Angeles Times story highlighted the relatively rare approach taken by Santa Barbara County: sending employees on long-distance, paid trips to undergo surgeries at high-performing but comparatively inexpensive hospitals. In one cited case, a patient requiring knee replacement surgery traveled 250 miles to a San Diego hospital to…

hospital outpatient procedures
The Secret of Success for Independent and Thriving Hospitals?

Consolidation remains a major trend in the healthcare industry, especially among hospitals. In 2016, there were 102 announced partnership and transaction deals, compared to 66 in 2010, according to a Kaufman, Hall & Associates analysis. In the current climate of declining reimbursements and greater emphasis on value-based care, many hospital…

Medicare
Are Medicare Payment Adjustments Exacerbating Physician Shortages?

Healthcare analysts have focused a lot of attention on the physician shortage in the US, especially after the passage of the ACA, which increased insurance coverage and demand for services. One interesting resource the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes publicly available is its Market Saturation and Utilization…

affordable care act
Why Not All Hospitals Would Suffer Under a Full ACA Repeal

As the repeal of the Accountable Care Act looms, many within the healthcare industry are uncertain over what its replacement will look like and how it will affect insurance coverage, reimbursement, and hospital revenue. While many have projected what could happen given a full repeal without replacement, it’s worth looking…