Due to healthcare market innovations, the health care industry has become much more complicated in the past decade. New organizational structures and the growth of outpatient care delivery systems have transformed the traditional hospital setting. The emergence and proliferation of specialty hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are one of those phenomena that changed patient referral patterns and financial positions of acute hospitals. Not only acute hospitals increasingly find themselves subject to competition from freestanding specialty hospitals and ASCs but also, the rapid rise of specialty hospitals and the issues they raise about quality, costs and access have generated long-term strategic implications. Therefore, acute hospitals must consider wide range of strategic responses. The results of this study, present a detailed portrayal of how acute hospitals are strategically planning vis-à-vis the proliferation of specialty hospitals and ASCs and are intended to be used to help acute hospitals develop strategic planning initiatives.
|Subjects||Management; Health care management|
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