Health care providers across the United States face harsh economic realities. State and federal reimbursement and special funding levels are being cut back. Competition from traditional and nontraditional providers is increasing. States are mandating closures and consolidations. Yet the demand for patient services of improved quality and at lower cost continues to grow.
To overcome such complex challenges and achieve high performance, providers need to consider new strategies and innovative approaches. Every aspect of provider operations—including strategy, finance, organizational structure and services—can benefit from a thorough analysis to determine optimal approaches for moving forward.
With market conditions so hostile that some providers are concerned about their very survival, it may not seem appropriate to focus on high performance. Yet Accenture's approach to provider restructuring is grounded in a fundamental philosophy—when the condition is critical, the most powerful medicine available is the best prescription.