Competition in Health Care 

One of the trends marking the continuing transformation of the U.S. health care industry is the dramatic increase in the pace of competition. The heightened competition is taking place among hospitals, health plans, physician groups, and drug companies, and between physicians and hospitals, and hospitals and health plans. Listen to the Looking Ahead: The Future of Health Care Policy podcast from National Public Radio (NPR). Then, prepare a three- to five-page paper in which you: 

· Describe the different forms of competition that take place among various types of health care organizations.

· Evaluate the benefits and pitfalls of competition in health care and suggest alternatives if competition was not the primary driver of operations in the U.S. health care system.

· Explain the elements of successful competition and the use of competitive intelligence.

· Describe the influence competition has on the services offered by health care organizations and the choices patients have.

Your paper must be three to five double-spaced pages (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of two scholarly sources that were published within the last five years. One source must be obtained from the Ashford University Library and focus on competition health care. All sources must be documented in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.  


National Public Radio. (2013, April 29).  Looking ahead: The future of health care policy (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. [Podcast file].  Retrieved from of-health-care-policy  

Recommended Resource 


Hayes, H., Parchman, M., & Howard, R. (2011).  A logic model framework for evaluation and planning in a primary care practice-based research network (PBRN) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 24, 576-582. Retrieved from 

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