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Healthcare Horizons

Hospital M&A: 3 Reasons to Know Your HHI

As regulators ditch long-established guidelines for evaluating mergers, healthcare leaders need to defend their plans with a combination of numbers + narrative. The Herfindahl-Hirschman Index is a good place to start. | By Dawn Carter

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Guide

Look-Alike Health Centers: the Ascendient Guide

Hospitals and health systems are beginning to look closely at look-alike health centers, a relatively obscure provider type that can offer financial and strategic benefits while simultaneously improving care for underserved communities. | By Dawn Carter

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Case Study

Health System Strategy: The Affiliation Option

Affiliation should always be considered an option in health system strategy – provided the process is deliberate rather than desperate. Here’s how one small system kept control of its destiny and its mission by choosing to pursue affiliation from a position of strength. | By Dawn Carter

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Guide

Recruiting Healthcare Professionals: The Ascendient Guide

Recruiting healthcare professionals is a top priority for any hospital or health system, but too often, those efforts are formulaic rather than strategic. In this Guide, we show you how to implement a recruitment plan that accounts for maintenance, compliance, and growth. | By Brian Ackerman

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Healthcare Horizons

Healthcare Strategic Planning: Forget the 5 Pillars

Healthcare strategic planning is very different from operational excellence – and conflating the two is especially dangerous in an era of rapid transformation. Here are three ways to know the difference: Think bucket lists, fingerprints, and barometers. | By Dawn Carter

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