Considering Strategic Options: The Big Picture for Your Independent Gastroenterology Practice

ACG Magazine Winter 2017

Gary W. Herschman, Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Newark office, co-authored an article in ACG Magazine, titled “Considering Strategic Options: The Big Picture for Your Independent Gastroenterology Practice.” (Read the full version – see page 20.)

Following is an excerpt:

Business pressures are high for many in the independent private practice of gastroenterology. Major trends affecting gastroenterology groups include increased consolidation, alternative payment systems focusing on value rather than fee-for-service, risk-sharing contracts that increase the need for care coordination across specialties, and population health management. The independent practice of medicine and physician leadership in health care are under severe pressure. Many groups are partnering with hospitals and integrated health care systems, joining other groups to form larger partnerships, and even selling controlling interest to private equity (PE) platform companies or public health care companies. While your group currently may be financially successful and remaining independent may be your best strategy, it may be beneficial for your group to actively consider other strategic options that may be available before making conclusions on the best course for future success.