In the past few decades, Healthcare Business Acquisitions have become more rampant and widespread. As more and more healthcare organizations merge or acquire other organization, there are few points they need to keep in mind on the best way to go about it. Below we discuss the points to take not off before carrying out Healthcare Business Acquisitions.
Prepare Internally before Commencing Healthcare Business Acquisitions
Before merging with another company, a healthcare needs to prepare for this change. They need to clean up any issues they have in their internal operations, clean out the books, strengthen existing internal practices (that they plan to keep after the merge). Cleaning up an internal operating before a merge is important where the healthcare organization is the one acquiring a new company or if they are being acquired. The Healthcare Business Acquisition process usually third-parties into audit accounting books and also audit the entire company. Having a strong internal system with no errors builds the credibility of the organization and gives the other company confidence in their decision to merge and move forward with the merger or acquisition. You can also strengthen company culture or make it clearer before the merge. So when new cultures and internal processes are introduced by the new company, there won’t be any confusion and fusion would happen seamlessly.
Understand The Hospitals' Finances
At the end of the day, every merger and acquisition comes down to the numbers. Before a merger, every healthcare organization should understand exactly what the company is worth, their operating capital, how much assets they have, what are the company ’s assets and if they have any pending debts. By reviewing the healthcare organization’s financial capital, assets, and debt ratio, the management would be able to better facilitate the necessary capital for the transaction. Depending on the agreement, the company doing the acquisition would be required to also acquire the debt of the being acquired. Otherwise, the company being acquired would be required to settle all debts and close all debt account transactions before the acquisition is finalized. Some companies decide to do this of their own accord before talks about an acquisition so their sale value is not compromised. Companies with significant debt are usually prized lowers than similarly sized companies with no debt.
The Intentions of the Merger & Acquisition Should be Clear
A merger and acquisition is no time for uncertainties and misunderstandings. Both companies involved in the process should have clarity on all the terms and the team in charge or facilitating the merger and acquisition should understand all the terms clearly. At the start of every merger and acquisition, there should be clearly defined objectives and intentions from both parties. Any hidden motives should serve as grounds for canceling the transaction or at least changing the terms of the agreement. For example, some companies might acquire a company with a hidden intention of dissolving the entire company and putting the employees out of work. This is of course very bad, so every merger and acquisition should state out the terms clearly and the agreement should have contingencies in case one party breaks the terms agreed upon.
Take Patients into Account
During Healthcare Business Acquisitions the planning usually takes place in the upper level of management and among business staff and management staff that are not necessary day to day caregivers in the hospital. Because of this, it can be easy to ignore or not acknowledge the effects a merger and acquisition would have on patients in the hospital. The effect it would have on patients must be taken into account and this cannot be done without taking into account the effect the acquisition would have on employees of all level. The front-facing employees and daily caregivers are the ones who would have to ensure that the transition goes smoothly for patients. They are also the ones that would have to answer a lot of questions from patients about the changes happening. Thus if employees are disgruntled about the acquisition or if they do not have accurate information about it, these feelings might be passed onto patients and they might lose their trust in the healthcare organizations and jump ship. To prevent this, healthcare organizations should train and transition existing employees and technologies to continue high-quality patient care, your business should stay on track for substantial growth.
Maintain Quality and Compliance
Any changes in quality that happen due to a Healthcare Business Acquisition should be a positive change. All companies involved must ensure that the quality and standards do not drop and that they are actually improved. The merge must also not tamper with compliance. Especially in the healthcare industry, are lots of laws and regulations that a healthcare organization must comply to, for example, Medicare. The newly formed entity (post-merger) must comply with all pre-existing and new regulations.