Economic Competition

Publication Title: 
Health Progress (Saint Louis, Mo.)

Convinced that Catholic organizations might have special strengths for succeeding in price-competitive markets, the Catholic Health Association, with the assistance of a national membership advisory committee and The Lewin Group, Fairfax, VA, studied six healthcare organizations that are successfully meeting the challenges of difficult environments. Based on more than 100 interviews and assessments of the environments in which these progressive mission-driven organizations operate, the researchers identified strategies that can assist other faith-based health organizations.

Publication Title: 
The Milbank Quarterly

For centuries, the Catholic Church has been a major social actor in the provision of health services, particularly health care delivered in hospitals. Through a confluence of powerful environmental forces at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the future of Catholic health care is threatened. Although Catholic hospitals are a separate case of private, nonprofit hospitals, they have experienced environmental pressures to become isomorphic with other hospital ownership types and, on some dimensions, they are equal.

Author(s): 
White, K. R.
Publication Title: 
Health Care Management Review

A social network analysis of eighty-nine midlevel health care professionals showed that middle managers' strategic knowledge is positively associated with championing alternative ideas and synthesizing new information for upper management. In addition, the relationship between knowledge and middle management strategic activities in informal networks is moderated by the manager's social position.

Author(s): 
Pappas, James M.
Flaherty, Karen E.
Wooldridge, Bill
Publication Title: 
Hospitals & Health Networks

While some hospital chains may seem like predators, that's not Quorum's style. The Brentwood, Tenn., system prefers to win friends and hospitals by highlighting its major strength: not-for-profit management.

Author(s): 
Serb, C.
Publication Title: 
Hospitals & Health Networks

While some hospital chains may seem like predators, that's not Quorum's style. The Brentwood, Tenn., system prefers to win friends and hospitals by highlighting its major strength: not-for-profit management.

Author(s): 
Serb, C.
Publication Title: 
The Milbank Quarterly

The number of "units" of human bone used during surgical procedures has grown to almost a quarter of a million. Medical demand for such bone is expanding rapidly and the nation's bone-banking system is struggling to grow apace. Unfortunately, because of this growth, bone banks must compete with organ banks for access both to hospitals and to potential donors. This conflict can, and may already be, negatively affecting the supply of transplantable tissues and organs.

Author(s): 
Prottas, J. M.
Publication Title: 
Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking

The current study proposed and tested a theoretical model of consumers' online brand community engagement behaviors, with particular attention given to online brand community type (consumer vs. marketer-created). By integrating attribution and social identity theories, this study investigated the causal linkages between intrinsic motives of altruism, social identification motivations, and online brand community engagement behaviors.

Author(s): 
Lee, Doohwang
Kim, Hyuk Soo
Kim, Jung Kyu
Publication Title: 
Health Economics, Policy, and Law

This short commentary on Oliver's review of incentives relates that review to four models of governance: Trust and Altruism (T&A), Choice and Competition (C&C), Naming and Shaming (N&S) and Targets and Terror (T&T).

Author(s): 
Bevan, Gwyn
Publication Title: 
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

This paper reports the results of a telephone survey of 693 respondents which was commissioned by the New Jersey Chiropractic Society. This exploratory study provides a broad-ranging and critical examination of key aspects relating to the chiropractic profession as it is practiced in New Jersey. The study concludes that chiropractic in New Jersey is a viable means of treating various disorders, but there remains much confusion and distrust among prospective and current patients as well as the threat of heightened competition from other health professionals.

Author(s): 
Sánchez, J. E.
Publication Title: 
Health Marketing Quarterly

Physicians have traditionally paid closer attention to the competition from other medical practitioners, but have ignored competition arising from "alternative therapies" such as hypnosis, acupuncture, or chiropractic. The purpose of this article is to survey the market segment served by one such unconventional practitioner, i.e., chiropractors, with the intention of determining its likelihood as a viable market to be pursued by M.D.'s.

Author(s): 
Hanna, N.
Kizilbash, A. H.
Wagle, J.

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