Booming Demand: How Urgent Care Centers are Impacting Hospital Operations

Booming Demand: How Urgent Care Centers are Impacting Hospital Operations

The construction and use of urgent care centers in the health care industry has steadily increased over recent years. The growing popularity of urgent care centers presents an opportunity for hospitals to extend networks or expand partnerships in order to reach new clientele. Further, it offers an opportunity to enhance brand recognition in new and existing markets.

On the Rise: How Three Hospitals Improved Their Fiscal Outlooks

On the Rise: How Three Hospitals Improved Their Fiscal Outlooks

The last several years have been challenging for hospitals, as uncertainty regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and a narrowing in operating profitability became the norm. In 2015, however, the three major credit rating agencies (CRAs) presented refreshingly optimistic reports, particularly for the larger providers, citing strong revenue growth, continued cost containment, greater clarity with respect to the ACA and industry trends (e.g., consolidation and technology) as reasons for the positive momentum.


Surgeon General Confirmed

Vivek Murthy was confirmed as surgeon general on Dec. 15 by a Senate vote of 51 to 43. Murthy was nominated more than a year and a half ago but his nomination stalled due to concerns about his experience and opposition from the gun lobby.

Seniors Housing Opportunities for Hospitals

Seniors Housing Opportunities for Hospitals

Community hospitals face many challenges given the dynamic nature of the health care sector today. Compressed margins, competition from acquisitive health systems, and physician recruitment and retention are just a few examples. However, community hospitals may be able to leverage some of their inherent strengths to mitigate some of these challenges through prudent investments in seniors housing within their market area.


Critical Access Hospitals to Lose Rural Designation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a list of critical access hospitals (CAHs) that lost their rural designation as of Oct. 1, 2014. These CAHs lost that designation because they are in counties that will now be classified as urban.

Staying Independent and In Control

Staying Independent and In Control

​It’s widely recognized that the hospital landscape has profoundly changed in the last 10 years due to extensive hospital consolidations. The rise in local hospital systems and the drop in independent community hospitals through mergers and acquisitions have dramatically shifted the makeup of the hospital sector.

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Lancaster Pollard to supplement growth plan with acquisitions

Columbus Business First reporter Evan Weese interviewed CEO Tom Green on the firm's overall growth and expansion of M&A services for senior living providers.