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Exit Planning, Healthcare Sectors
The Story of My Sale: Spero Recovery

I recently joined VERTESS as a managing director. I'll be providing merger and acquisition (M+A) and consulting services primarily to the behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment markets. Like many of my new colleagues, I previously owned and operated a company in the space I will be working in for VERTESS. But that's not all: I also have firsthand, personal experience with substance misuse.

In this column, I'll share a little about this journey with you, how it motivated me to open my company, and several of the key lessons I learned from the sales process.

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Healthcare Sectors
Good Hope Manor: Getting Rewarded for Doing Good

The story of Good Hope Manor is one that's easy to get behind. Launched in 2003 by Linda and Chris Witzlib, Good Hope Manor is an intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) company providing residential and day supports to adults via six integrated, community-based group homes around Wisconsin.

Good Hope Manor earned its reputation of providing the highest quality residential care to its clients. The team offers all types of services for mentally handicapped individuals and provides a supportive environment regardless of a client's medical conditions. Every resident is treated like a member of the family and receives a wide range of services that can include special diet plans, diabetic care with insulating administration, independent living therapy, transportation, entertainment, music and pet therapy, and hospice care.

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Healthcare Sectors, Valuation
What's the Value of Your Dental Practice?

Few dentists are aware of the market value of their dental practice. Moreover, most don’t understand how industry experts (e.g., accountants, bankers, dental practice brokers, and buyers) determine the value of dental practices.

In this column, I'll be helping you better understand how the value of a dental practice is determined. Let’s begin with some of the key performance indicators that buyers look for when evaluating dental practices.

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Exit Planning, Market Trends
How to Keep COVID-19 From Infecting Your Company's Value

The world of healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A) has experienced a significant rollercoaster these past two years, primarily due to the events of COVID-19. Before the pandemic locked down our communities, M&A, particularly in the health and human services space, was experiencing a significant increase in activity. This was caused by several factors. Among them: Existing organizations — or strategic buyers — were witnessing the benefits of growth through acquisition to compete with larger businesses and prepare for managed care, while private equity investors saw this field as one worth investing in. With an excess of cash reserves (i.e., "dry powder"), these private equity investors started spending.

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Exit Planning, Market Trends
Dialing for Dollars: What Sellers Must Know Before Answering the Phone

Does this sound familiar: The phone rings. You answer, and on the other end is someone who tells you that they represent a company eager to purchase your healthcare business.
These kinds of calls are happening every day, with some businesses receiving multiple calls a week. On the surface, these might seem like good calls to receive. After all, if someone is interested in buying your business, you must be running a good operation. And if you've been considering whether it's the right time to sell your business, such a call might be an avenue forward for you.
But seller beware: While it's good to answer the phone and hear what's presented to you, moving ahead on a transaction with a cold caller could be fraught with risk. Let me explain why.

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Healthcare Sectors, Market Trends, Valuation
Retail Pharmacy Update: Opportunities, Challenges, and Valuations

Prior to the pandemic, the retail pharmacy industry was experiencing significant disruption. We were witnessing a steady increase in transactions and consolidation, Amazon's entry into the market, significant changes to strategic alliances between major payers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and the introduction of a wide array of new technologies, just to name a few noteworthy trends and developments. It's safe to say that COVID-19 not only disrupted some of these disruptors, but it also brought with it new disruptors.

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Healthcare Sectors
TBI Duluth: A Residential and Community Services Success Story

TBI Duluth is a remarkable story. The company is comprised of two companies headquartered in Duluth, Minn.: TBI Residential and Community Services and Pathways to Achievement. TBI Residential and Community Services provides residential foster care services, operating 29 licensed homes for adults ages 18 and up. Pathways to Achievement provides high-quality home healthcare and support services. The business serves clients with complex physical and emotional needs, providing care involving medical, behavioral, and everyday living skills.

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Healthcare Sectors, Market Trends
Nurturing Women Leaders to Strengthen the Human Services Industry

There is a struggle these days to find reliable and competent leadership. In many ways, the human services industry exemplifies the challenge. Despite an abundance of books, speeches, and guides that focus on the creation of good leaders, their absence persists.

This persistence, however, is not a result of our inability to pull good leadership from thin air. Rather, it's about our inability to simply look at the colleagues around us. Good management is cultivated, not found. This isn't a radical claim and is a concept I'm sure many are familiar with. But few, it seems, have managed to successfully cultivate new leaders. A complex reason why this challenge exists within the human services industry: gender disparity, especially for women of color. Human services is an industry that should, above all things, champion equity and equality for its clients/consumers — no question. Yet, if those same principles are not reflected in management, a company may find itself ill-equipped to champion anything. 

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Exit Planning, Valuation
How You Can Increase the Value of Your Healthcare Company

Owners of healthcare companies, practices, and agencies often ask us how they can increase their businesses' market value. Buyers determine the value of a business based on return on investment and riskiness of the investment. Business owners create value by increasing the return on investment and decreasing the riskiness of ownership.

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Market Trends
Embracing Virtual & Transparent: 4 Ways To Strengthen Your Bottom Line

A silver lining of the public health emergency is that it has forced many healthcare businesses to reevaluate their operations and refocus on what truly drives their success. For those businesses planning for a transition or future diversification, this has become even more important. One thing we have learned from the past year is that not everything we think is important really is necessary. In addition, we now have a greater understanding of and appreciation for the marriage of virtual care and transparency and how they, when combined, represent a powerful relationship.

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Exit Planning, Healthcare Sectors
Selling Your I/DD Agency: Observations From an Industry Veteran

As you may or may not know, I have been an advisor to owners of provider agencies supporting individuals affected by an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD) for more than 30 years. I am fortunate in that I love this work. It is enormously gratifying to earn a living by helping others reach their goals. I am able to help business owners reach their financial goals and buyers achieve their growth and value-creation goals while improving the lives of employees and clients alike through the right transaction.

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Market Trends
5 Reasons 2021 Will Be a Very Big Year for Healthcare Transactions

Each year typically brings at least some unforeseen developments that influence healthcare transactions. Oftentimes, these occurrences affect a single sector or just a few sectors. Rarely, if ever, is there an unexpected event that touches numerous marketplaces, let alone all of them, and does so in a dramatic way.

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