Topic Scale & M&A

Reports

Against the odds: How payors can succeed under persistent uncertainty

The US health insurance industry continues to be defined by uncertainty. The 25 articles in this compendium can help health insurers navigate the changes ahead.

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Unlocking the potential of academic and community health system partnerships

Faced with increasing challenges to their business model, many academic medical centers (AMCs) are seeking new sources of financial and competitive advantage, including partnerships with community health systems. These arrangements can be difficult to structure, but eight lessons can help AMCs avoid pitfalls and maximize the odds of success.

Short take

When M&A is not the best option for hospitals

Historically, larger scale has offered hospital systems a number of advantages; however, reform and other market changes are altering the scale equation for hospital systems.

Short take

Bigger may not be better: Does scale matter for payors?

Whether scale brings competitive advantage to payors is a topic of hot debate. This post challenges standard assumptions about scale and sheds light on how to achieve desired value.

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Riding the next wave of payor M&A

Regulatory changes and the economic recession have disrupted the U.S. healthcare industry, threatening to erode the advantages of market leaders. As many payors turn to M&A strategy, its imperative for them to understand the inherent risks and the factors that guide M&A success.

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The post-reform health system: Meeting the challenges ahead

This series of articles examines transformational imperatives specific to health systems in the post-reform era, drawing on extensive work with healthcare stakeholders across the value chain.

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The smarter scale equation

Given today’s realities, health systems must look beyond the traditional economies of scale if they want to reap the full benefits of M&A. They must consider other economies that M&A can offer, commit themselves fully to the effort, and execute flawlessly.