STRATEGIES FOR ENSURING POST-M&A SUCCESS
Key Market Trends
Waves of Change Driven by Economics
Continued Growth in Consolidation
Three Primary M&A Strategies Emerge
How Can Hospitals Improve Post-M&A Integrations and Outcomes?
Immediately Bridge Previously Siloed Departments
Success in the emerging value-based environment will require a detailed understanding and measurement of various processes across the hospital — especially in patient care areas. Most hospitals today do not have the visibility to accomplish this, largely because of silos between areas such as nursing, supply chain and clinical engineering. The problem is compounded when trying to standardize service across the disparate processes of two merging organizations — from patient care to equipment management — and it can generate significant waste.
Key concept: Ensure all process-standardization efforts engage team leaders across nursing, supply chain and clinical engineering. By leveraging best practices to re-engineer equipment processes, you can ensure internal teams have the transparency, visibility and control they need to better manage costly equipment rentals and capital purchases.
Empower Clinicians to Focus on What Matters Most
Because hospitals will be graded largely on patient satisfaction and quality of outcomes in the value-based reimbursement era, a key to success will be talent retention. Hospitals with the best clinical talent will likely build the best reputations and earn the highest reimbursement scores. Retaining top talent through the M&A process is critical, as broken processes and working environment challenges can prompt talented nurses to look elsewhere for employment.
Key concept: Focus on increasing the amount of time nurses spend at the patient bedside by eliminating unproductive and non-value added tasks. For example, by eliminating the need for them to search for infusion pumps, beds and ventilators, you can increase both face-time with patients and job satisfaction. Ensure these processes are ready to go from day one of the integration phase.
Target “Low-Hanging” Cost Reductions to Jumpstart Savings
Key concept: During the M&A process, conduct a study on equipment utilization, spending and management of mobile medical equipment. Consider leveraging end-to-end equipment management services and deploy best-practice-based processes in the first year after the deal closes.
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