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Healthcare Sectors, Market Trends
When Is It Time for an ASC To Consider a Strategic Partner?

The ambulatory surgery center (ASC) market is changing rapidly. Surviving in the current market is no longer as simple as meeting the needs of the community you serve. Competition among ASCs is now measured through a litmus test of strength based on collateral along with quality standing. These are now the deciding factors that determine winners and losers in the market.

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Exit Planning
Evaluating M&A Advisors: 5 Questions Healthcare Business Owners Should Ask

Thinking about selling your healthcare business? Then you undoubtedly have many questions. And if you've looked to Google to get answers, you've probably found that your searches have yielded divergent, overly complex, or abnormally vague responses. Why can't you find clear answers?

It's because the answer to most of your questions is: It depends. There are many factors that influence the sale of a healthcare business. But that doesn't mean your questions aren't worth asking. There are no bad questions to ask when contemplating one of the biggest — if not the biggest — decisions of your career. To get answers to your questions, don't turn to Google. You'll want to turn to an M&A expert. Getting clear and correct answers to your questions is one of the many reasons why having an M&A advisor will make a big difference as you proceed with a sale. But first you need to find the right advisor.

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Exit Planning
Selling a C Corporation: Key Tax Implications You Should Understand

Depending on your healthcare company's corporation type, there are different tax implications you will want to be aware of long before you are ready to sell your business. One type of company that brings with it tax implications that often catch owners off-guard or create challenges when owners are ready to pursue a transaction is C corporations (C-corp).

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Exit Planning
Improving Integration Success Following a Healthcare Transaction

At VERTESS, we often get a first-hand look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of post-transaction integration. No two healthcare deals are transacted the same, and no two deals will ever integrate the same. The simple truth is integration is just as much a process as completing a merger or acquisition — and likely a lengthier one as well.

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Healthcare Sectors, Market Trends
How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Healthcare: 10 Key Takeaways

The pandemic brought rapid and tremendous disruption to the healthcare industry, forcing the healthcare ecosystem to account for new pressures and challenges. The disruption also compelled many companies to halt or slow their short- and long-term plans and evaluate what they could do better and how they could achieve the improvements needed to support a struggling healthcare system. 

As we transition out of the pandemic or continue to learn how to live with COVID-19, now is the time for healthcare providers and medical device companies to shift from responding to the pandemic to recovering from it. Organizations and companies that understand this evolving demand curve will need to substantially change the way they plan strategically, and that includes incorporating virtual components or expanding their usage of these solutions. What is apparent is that the recovery from the pandemic will be partly — if not heavily — fueled by the development and integration of new technologies, particularly those powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

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Exit Planning, Healthcare Sectors
Preparing to Sell Your DME Company: 7 Steps to Take Before Proceeding

When the time comes for you to sell your durable medical equipment (DME) company, there will be a lot of work required to go from putting the company on the market to completing the transaction. But if you want that sales process to go smoothly, there's a good deal of work you'll want to complete before you start.

Here are seven of the key steps you should take that will better help ensure your company sells for a fair price and to the right buyer.

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Exit Planning
Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions: Understanding M&A Terminology

If you are looking to acquire or sell a healthcare business, something you will quickly find is that there is a lot of terminology and lingo specific to mergers and acquisitions (M+A). M+A has its own diverse vocabulary. The more you understand these terms, the easier it will be to engage in the transaction process. Even a surface-level understanding of key concepts will at least provide a foundation to better participate in conversations and ask more in-depth questions.

Below is a list of some of the most common terms and acronyms you are likely to encounter in your discussions and review of documentation. If you come across an unfamiliar concept, do not hesitate to ask one of your M+A partners, such as an advisor like VERTESS or your healthcare attorney, to explain it to you. During the M+A process, ignorance is definitely not bliss.

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Market Trends
Key Considerations for an Acquisitive Healthcare Growth Strategy

Is your healthcare organization thinking about focusing on acquisitive growth? Before you go all-in on the strategy, read on. This column will help you gain a better understanding of the strategy's defining qualities and what is typically required for success.

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Exit Planning
Underappreciated Key to Healthcare Acquisition Success: Staff Retention

Acquisitions are increasingly a way of life in the healthcare industry. Yet one of the most essential factors for achieving success following a sale that is sometimes never discussed or only brought up toward the end of the transaction is staff retention.

Why is retention so important? Before we can answer this question, it's helpful to gain an understanding of how acquisitions may be perceived and experienced by a healthcare organization's staff.

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Healthcare Sectors, Market Trends
Reflections on Healthcare M&A in 2021 and Expectations for 2022

Every January, as we begin conversations with healthcare business owners who are considering the sale of their companies, we are often asked about the previous year's market and what predictions we can offer for the new year.  2021 offered some continuing challenges due to the ongoing global pandemic, but there was still significant activity in healthcare M&A.  While 2022 is still just days old, VERTESS is keenly aware of developing trends that we believe will continue throughout the year. As each VERTESS team member has a long history in specific healthcare sectors, we are reviewing the previous year for each of those sectors as well as some projections for 2022. 

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Exit Planning
Selling Your Healthcare Business: The Buyer's Perspective

them telling me they’ve heard of similar companies selling for extraordinarily high prices. Those prices are often expressed as a multiple of revenue or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA). They’ll apply a multiple to their business and tell me they’d be happy to sell at that price. While this is not an unreasonable approach, oftentimes the multiples they’re using are not realistic.

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Healthcare Sectors, Market Trends
SUD Treatment Industry Trends and Developments

We recently heard of an investor bidding more than 20x forward-EBITDA on a residential substance use disorder (SUD) treatment center with a 30-day due diligence period. This caught our attention. More poignant was that this bidder lost the deal to another investor.

It is no new news that SUD treatment providers across multiple segments are currently worth more than they ever have been historically. When Pitchbook released its 2021 Q3 report on the behavioral health vertical, we learned that in only nine months, more deals and more deal value were transacted than the previous best year on record in 2019. Some experts anticipate 2021 to finish at least 40% higher in both metrics than 2019, and SUD treatment — residential treatment, in particular — makes up a substantial portion of that activity, due to extraordinary utilization of benefits and new product designs from insurance carriers that promote mental health reimbursements such as Anthem’s “Behavioral Health Advantage” plan that is expected to launch in 2022.

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