Publications by Author: Atkinson, Mariam Krikorian

2021
Kane, N.M. & Atkinson, M.K., 2021. Envision Healthcare and Out-of-Network Billing, Harvard Business Publishing: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health case collection. Available from Harvard Business PublishingAbstract

The Envision Healthcare (EVHC) case examines the operations of one of EVHC's divisions, EmCare, a national physician services outsourcing company. The case describes EmCare's controversial use of out-of-network billing for a significant share of its revenues. As the company faced increasingly negative scrutiny for these practices, the case highlights the different perspectives and vantage points- both good and bad- of this strategic decision, and delves into the question of ethical practices as it relates to out-of-network billing. Students will explore the legal, societal, and economic implications of EmCare's business model, grappling with questions of business ethics and responsibility to customers. As EVHC contemplates reducing the out-of-network billing practices of its divisions including EmCare, the company faces important questions around financial viability, which serve as an opportunity for students to develop recommendations and novel approaches to EVHC's strategic quandary.

Ethical challenges are common to healthcare organizations as they develop and implement strategy. Organizations must deal with questions of profitability and performance against the backdrop of making self-guided decisions around social responsibility and ethical practices. The case provides relevant context regarding emergency medicine, out-of-network billing, and payer-provider-hospital relationships. With this background, students are encouraged to consider the gamut of considerations, some of which are not so obvious, when weighing strategic decisions that bear in mind social and ethical implications.