Your Primer to Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions

Author: Kim Harrison

Revenue Recognition Framework for Healthcare Companies

The goal of the accounting function in any business, including healthcare, is to report on a company's transactions of economic substance. Financial reporting should be communicated in a way that is accurate, consistent, and timely. In the United States, accounting practices must adhere to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), which are organized and communicated through the Accounting Standards Codification (ASC). ASC is maintained by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Revenue recognition for most healthcare companies is currently governed by ASC Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers.

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Exit Planning, Valuation
Preparing Your Healthcare Company's Financials for an Exit

During the healthcare M+A process, the benefit of accurate financials cannot be understated. Financial reporting is the foundation on which your business is valued, and meaningful data presented in an organized fashion can lower a buyer's perceived risk. This likely means more money in your pocket on the closing date.

Yet, it is an all-too-common occurrence to see frustrations arise as a healthcare business owner works through the financial due diligence process. The lists are exhaustive, the requests elaborate, and the stakes high. By taking a few steps, even 3-6 months before you go to market, the due diligence process can be simplified in an impactful way. Sailing through financial requests allows an owner's focus to be rededicated to other, equally important parts of the sale process.

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