It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is in a state of flux. Many things have led to changes in the way doctors and hospitals do business, and those changes are only going to become more widespread in the coming years. For many physicians, this means that now is the time to start thinking about buyout as a future plan, rather than an emergency measure. In the video embedded below, we’ll explore why buyout should be a key part of your long-term career strategy, and we’ll offer some tips on how to make it happen. So read on – your future may
depend on it!
Succession planning should not become a contentious debate among physician partners; however, at Cornerstone, we have frequently witnessed this happen with multiple medical practices. Sadly, the topic typically goes years of never being discussed, to suddenly coming up because of situations that require emergency planning, and/or junior partners possessing a feeling of being treated unfairly. With respect to the latter, don’t even think about joining a medical practice as a partner unless you’ve had the tough questions answered first. For example, ask about call schedule requirements, how money is dispersed, what happens when a partner begins to plan to retire, such as an OBGYN who discontinues doing OB, etc. Once your questions are answered to your satisfaction, then make sure they are in writing before you sign.
A part of the succession planning discussion should be physician partner buyouts, and how to plan for that. A buyout is not always the result of retirement. The discussion should also be focused on a partner becoming disabled, as well as if the need arose to terminate a partner prior to retirement. When it comes to buyout, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The first step is to sit down with your partners and hash out the details. In the video embedded below, we sat with Jim Ginnane and Alex Heringer from Planned Futures Financial to ask them a few questions for how to prepare for buyout. Here are the questions we asked them:
- At what point should the owners start exit planning?
- What are the different types of buy/sell agreements?
- What do you do when the potential successor (s) don’t have sufficient money to buy you out?
- What are the usual funding vehicles for buy/sell agreements?
As you can see, succession planning is important for any medical practice. By taking the time to develop a plan and put measures in place to ensure a smooth transition, your practice can survive – even thrive – after you retire or move on. If you are preparing for a buyout, make sure you work with an experienced team of advisors who can help guide you through the process and minimize disruptions to patient care. Want more tips like this? Check out our blog page! Need some guidance? Schedule a consultation today!