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Jul 17, 2015 2:00:00 PM

How a Rapidly Changing Market is Affecting the Value of ASCs

The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) market has seen a lot of growth and success since first arriving on the scene over 40 years ago. While the ASC market has grown significantly over this time, that growth has slowed in the last 10 years and ASCs now appear to be operating in a “maturing” market. At the same time we are seeing rapid change in the market where ASCs operate and many of these changes may have a significant impact on the value of ASCs. Below are some of those areas that could have tremendous impact on ASC values.

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Topics: Healthcare Facilities, ACO

Aug 21, 2014 1:47:00 PM

2 Key Things To Know Now About 340B and Your Health Care Facility

For twenty years, the 340B program administered by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administration (HHS) has helped safety-net providers to stretch scarce Federal resources as far as possible, reaching more eligible patients and providing more comprehensive services. Over the past few years, with the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of qualifying health care entities (and patients) has grown. So have the number of contract pharmacies that can disperse 340B drugs to patients.

The program expansion has caused pharmaceutical companies to lobby for changes and clarifications to 340B. This has resulted in much political upheaval and the promise of mega changes to the program that were supposed to materialize this summer. That didn’t happen. But the program is definitely under scrutiny, so that means it’s important to document your 340B  transactions and understand the compliance requirements around this program.

Here’s what you need to know now about 340B to make sure your hospital or clinic is in compliance:

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Topics: Healthcare Facilities, 340B

Jun 19, 2014 9:30:00 AM

The Changing Face of Health Care Facilities: Retail Medicine

In this spotlight series we will explore changes to care delivery driven by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the increasing sophistication of patients who want health care that is affordable, transparent, and accessible. 

Today the spotlight is on retail medicine. 

Retail medicine is increasing its presence in the U.S. and a variety of health care organizations and analysts are taking notice. First the stats: 

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Topics: Retail Medicine, Healthcare Facilities

Jun 13, 2014 11:20:00 AM

3 Reasons Rural Hospitals Struggling to Compete Should Consider Affiliation

Many rural hospitals are struggling in the new health care marketplace. Reimbursement from government and (soon) private payors is now more dependent on providing a collaborative and leaner process that rewards reducing variations in patient care and treatment in the appropriate setting. Additionally, hospitals in states that have opted out of receiving Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding face increased costs with no funding to cover them. 

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Topics: Healthcare Facilities, Rural Health Care