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Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Dr. Chad Sines
Some owners of small to medium-sized managed care businesses lack strategies to address the effects of healthcare regulations on their businesses. The purpose of this multiple case study was to identify strategies that owners of small to medium-sized managed care businesses used to address the financial effects of healthcare regulations on their businesses. The conceptual framework for this study was profit maximization and adaptation in changing contexts. Data were gathered from company documents, observations, and semistructured interviews with 5 home healthcare business owners in Los Angeles County, California. Data were coded to identify themes from the narrative segments. Key themes that emerged from the data analysis include home health strategic management, application of business strategies, healthcare reform, and strategic business processes. The implications of this study for social change include the potential to catalyze economic, intellectual, and social developments that improve community health and wellness programs and related activities in home health.