As value-driven population healthcare takes hold, the most sought-after health systems will be those that can offer superior quality, access, and patient experience and loyalty at an efficient cost for a full or partial continuum of services within a region. If health systems are looking to add services or capabilities, an acquisition may be the right strategy.

While the acquisition process can be relatively swift, it should not be hastened unnecessarily. We’ve identified eight steps health system leaders need to be particularly vigilant about, which are key to finding an acquisition partner that is a good strategic match, and ensuring that the two organizations achieve the benefits of integration.