October 31, 2019

Valuation of Specialty Pharmacies

The specialty pharmacy marketplace in the US has experienced rapid growth in recent years. The number of specialty pharmacies operating in the US has more than doubled since 2015. US expenditures for specialty drugs have also nearly doubled from $83 billion in 2013 to $157 billion in 2017. Combined with spending on orphan drugs, total US expenditures on specialty pharmaceuticals is now nearly equal the amount spent on traditional medications.[1],[2]

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Topics: Healthcare Valuation, Valuation

September 29, 2016

New Physician Leases May Be Needed to Avoid Compliance Risk

Did your hospital’s outpatient department begin operations, expand its service lines or relocate after November 2, 2015?

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Topics: Healthcare Valuation, Healthcare Quality

December 10, 2015

5 Factoids Impacting Home Health Agency Values

Home healthcare enables many patients to receive appropriate medical attention from the comfort of home. Patients utilizing these services also enjoy considerable cost savings in comparison to a hospital setting, proven research of better health, and reduced stress for the patient and family. Home health agencies (HHAs) treat patients who may only require a short-term need for care, as well as patients who may need long-term treatment for illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and pulmonary disease.

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Topics: Healthcare Valuation

August 13, 2015

A Dozen Factors Influencing Urgent Care Center Values

Today’s urgent care center has become a highly regarded primary care delivery model, sought after by physicians, group practices, hospitals, and management companies because of its unique appeal to providers and patients and its prospects for continued profitability. With busy emergency rooms and longer wait times for primary care clinic appointments, the urgent care center (UCC) gives low-acuity patients a convenient option for affordable primary care. For physician groups, the UCC appeals to the suburban market segment and patients who prefer a no-appointment-necessary format and short wait time for minor injuries or illnesses. For hospitals, the UCC relieves expensive emergency departments and represents a primary care entry point into the system.

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Topics: Healthcare Valuation

July 01, 2015

2 Thoughts on Hospital/Physician Deals from AHLA’s Annual Meeting

Two days into the 2015 Annual Meeting, two important fair market value (FMV) and commercial reasonableness (CR) issues stand out as worthy of emphasis, as they resonate in almost every discussion on hospital/physician deal compliance.

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Topics: Healthcare Valuation, What is Fair Market Value

April 02, 2015

When Do You Engage a Healthcare Appraiser?

As a healthcare appraiser, one question I have heard many times over the years is “do I need to get a valuation?” Typically, the primary goal of a healthcare appraisal is to demonstrate due diligence around fair market value (FMV), so the question may be better stated as “what constitutes adequate FMV due diligence when contracting with physicians?”. While there is no universal answer to this question, there are some points worth considering that should factor into the decision. 

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Topics: Healthcare Valuation

April 17, 2014

Valuation Issues Abound in Physician Emergency On-Call Pay

Median expenditures for emergency department (“ED”) call coverage, according to the 2012 Sullivan, Cotter & Associates Physician On-Call Pay Survey Report, increased for both trauma and non-trauma hospitals between 2009 and 2012. So paying close attention to fair market value in ED on-call arrangements is as important as ever. This means that filtering through anecdotal information is critical to avoid missteps when hospitals enter into on-call payment arrangements.

An important distinction in ED on-call pay is found in the difference between independent physicians and many physicians employed by the hospital. Two central economic concepts related to ED on-call pay – compensation for physician availability and reimbursement for uncompensated care – may be vastly different for an independent and an employed physician. Continue reading >

Topics: Healthcare Valuation

April 10, 2014

New White Paper Doesn’t Settle the Workforce Valuation Debate

Few subjects have provoked as much passionate debate in the health care valuation community as relying on the asset approach as the sole basis for a conclusion of physician practice value when the income approach indicates no supportable intangible value, including the value of a trained and assembled workforce. A new white paper, Intangible Asset Valuation, Cost Approach Methods and Procedures, authored by highly regarded valuation expert Robert Reilly and published by the AICPA, is a much needed and generally well-written technical resource on the application of cost approach methodology to the valuation of intangibles.

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Topics: Hospital Valuation, Healthcare Valuation