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Health Care Governance Structures

Analyze in detail one governance structure used in health care.

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GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS
The defining characteristic of NAPH members is their commitment to care for all patients regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. While they are predominantly government owned and operated, member hospitals can be categorized into three general governance models: direct operation by local government, separate public entities, and not-for-profit corporations. Within each form of governance, variations are often developed to adapt the model to a system's particular needs.

As of August 2003, 40 percent of member hospitals were directly operated by state or local governments. This form of operation has no legal independence from government but may or may not ...

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