The Influence of Ownership on Hospital Financial Performance Strategies
37 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2003
Date Written: September 14, 2003
This paper analyzes the effects of hospital ownership on three specific strategies to improve financial performance. These strategies include (1) spending on advertising to increase revenues through increased market share and premium prices; (2) spending on accounting systems to cut costs, increase accounts receivable collections, or increase legitimacy with stakeholders and donors; and (3) improving efficiency through professional administration. We analyze California hospital expenditures on advertising, accounting, and administration for the period 1998 to 2000 to determine differences in these strategies across ownership type. We also examine the relationships among these expenditures and revenues and excess income margins. We find differences in strategies by ownership, i.e., for-profit hospitals emphasize advertising whereas government hospitals emphasize accounting. We also find that expenditures on advertising, accounting, and administration are positively related to margins for some hospitals.
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