About Practice Valuation On-Site Visits

Establishing Medical Practice Value

Staff Reporters 

One effective means for any valuation professional to confirm his or her understanding of medical business value, and how internal controls over financial and managerial reporting are designed and operated in a practice, is to evaluate and test its effectiveness, in-situ.

Purpose of the Visit 

According to valuation experts Robert James Cimasi, Tim Alexander and Todd A. Zigrang, of Health Capital Consultnts, LLC in St. Louis MO, the following information specific to the medical entity should be gathered by the financial executive, valuation expert or healthcare consultant. This information may be obtained through an interview, questionnaire, but preferably the on-site visit:

  • Background Information: Include such information as the number of years the entity has operated at its current location and in the community, as well as the office hours.
  • Building Description: Include the location (urban/suburban), proximity to hospitals and other medical facilities, and its size, construction, electrical and computer wiring, age, access to parking, and so on.
  • Office Description: Determine ownership or lease details, the square footage and number of rooms, and a description of different office areas. These should include, where applicable: x-ray, pharmacy, laboratory, exam rooms, waiting rooms, and other areas.
  • Management Information Systems: Document types of hardware and software and the cost, age, and suitability of all components, including their management functions, reporting capabilities, and integration between programs.
  • History of the Entity: Give the date founded and by whom, the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) physicians in practice by year, the physicians who have joined and left the entity, the dates they practiced and their relationship and practice arrangement with the entity.
  • Staff Description: Include the number and types of non-physician positions and the tenure and salary of all current employees.
  • Competitive Analysis: Include details of hospital programs impacting practice, growth or decline in the volume of business and the reasons, association with other physicians, competitive strengths and threats, the number and volume of procedures performed, any change in the number and volume, and the corresponding fees.
  • Patient Base Information: Encompass income distribution and percentages from different payers, the number of new patients and total patients seen per week, the age mix of patients, the number of hours spent in patient care per week, and the number of surgeries performed.
  • Managed Care Environment: Detail the terms and conditions of all managed care contracts including discounts and withholds, the impact on referral patterns and revenues, willingness to participate in risk sharing contracts and capitation, and the entity’s managed care reporting capabilities.
  • Hospital Privileges and Facilities: List all hospital privileges held and the requirements for acquiring privileges at the different local hospitals.
  • Credit Policy and Collections: Include practice policies for billing and payment, use of collection agencies, acceptance of assignment, other sources of revenues, and an aged breakdown of accounts receivable.
  • Financial Management: Include cash management procedures and protections, credit lines and interest, controls to improve payment of accounts payable, late payment frequency, formal or informal financial planning methods, and budgeting processes.
  • Operational Assessment: Include practice governance structure, responsibilities and procedures for performance, conflicts, recruitment, outcomes measures, case management, reimbursement, income, continuing medical education (CME), credentialing, and utilization review.

Assessment

Be sure to allow for discussion of overall relationships with physicians in the community, practice concerns, and needs.

For more info: Consult the chapter: Research and Financial Benchmarking in the Healthcare Industry, by the same authors, in www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Conclusion

And so, your thoughts and comments on this Executive-Post are appreciated.

Related Information Sources:

Practice Management: http://www.springerpub.com/prod.aspx?prod_id=23759

Physician Financial Planning: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/0763745790

Medical Risk Management: http://www.jbpub.com/catalog/9780763733421

Healthcare Organizations: www.HealthcareFinancials.com

Health Administration Terms: www.HealthDictionarySeries.com

Physician Advisors: www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.com

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