Similar to the marketplace right before the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Healthcare Reform”) there seemed to be a pause in healthcare providers making any strategic moves as providers waited to see what would happen with the Election. In the second quarter of 2010, following the signing of the Healthcare Reform Act, billions of dollars of acquisitions and transactions occurred. Now that the Election has been decided, healthcare providers are slowly, but surely changing strategic plans and establishing clinical integration models. Because the Healthcare Reform Act will likely be implemented quickly, healthcare providers must evaluate how they deliver care. In 2013 reimbursement models will change and in 2014 the insurance payor sources will transform. Therefore, providers can no longer wait and see what will actually happen, but must act now to be ready for the changes on the near horizon.
One main focus for providers is the redesign of