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Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Health Care Shareholder John R. Washlick penned an article, titled “Fight the Urge to Merge: Alternative Strategic Alliances,” which was published in The Legal Intelligencer on February 17. His article discusses strategic alternatives to traditional mergers and acquisitions that health care boards “should consider if they wish to integrate operations without surrendering control of their missions, assets or governance.”

He suggests two strategic alternatives: clinically integrated networks and joint operating companies.

“Health systems that desire to remain independent need to review, now and annually, their financial and competitive position, level of clinical integration, level of physician alignment, and relevance in the payor market, to determine whether they are viable to remain independent,” Washlick says. 

Read the full article – “Fight the Urge to Merge: Alternative Strategic Alliances” (The Legal Intelligencer, February 17, 2015)