2018 Case Competition

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The 2018 case competition will be held at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. This year’s topic focuses on the opioid crisis, offering students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge and innovative methods to analyze and provide strategic solutions for a community dealing with this national public health emergency. We invite each BAHM member school to enter one team into the competition. Teams will have the opportunity to:

  • Compete for first-, second-, and third-place prizes of up to $10,000;
  • Meet other BAHM-alliance graduate students from across the country; and
  • Network with business peers and professionals.

The winning project will be considered for publication in BAHM’s Health Management, Policy & Innovation  journal.


Opiates – A Public Health Emergency

President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic to be a public health emergency in the United States. An estimated 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids in 2015, 2 million had prescription opioid use disorder, and 33,091 died from overdosing on opioids (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2017).  Half of those deaths were attributable to commonly prescribed opioids. The estimated economic cost of the opioid crisis is $78.5 billion annually (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016).

The opioid crisis is a multi-dimensional issue with roots dating back to the 1990s when the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry became more focused on alleviating pain. This focus was bolstered by the Joint Commission’s evaluation of hospitals and health care systems on the basis, in part, of pain control. The incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to develop and market opiates, for physicians to prescribe them, for retail pharmacies to dispense them, insurance companies to cover the cost, and individuals to demand them, have created the perfect storm. To add to the complexity, for some of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, pharmaceutical opiates are appropriately clinically indicated.

Select a community and identify the extent to which the opioid epidemic exists, and create an integrated, comprehensive strategy to tackle the problem. Please describe the demographics of the community, indicate the characteristics of various actors and stakeholders. These should include, but are not limited to, hospitals and health care systems, primary care and specialty physicians, medical groups, insurance providers (both private and public), pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, employers, educational institutions, law enforcement, the Director of the local Health Department, and individuals and family members impacted either directly or indirectly. Develop a business case for strategic partnerships and incentives to address the issue in your selected community.

Preliminary Agenda

FRIDAY, March 23, 2018

BAHM Welcome Reception

4:00 p.m.
University of Miami
School of Business Administration Complex
Executive Education Center, 3rd Flooor
5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146

SATURDAY, March 24, 2018

BAHM Case Competition

University of Miami
School of Business Administration Complex
Executive Education Center, 3rd Floor
5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146

  • 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 9:00 am Welcome and Introduction of Judges and Students
  • 9:00 – 11:30 am – morning competition (in exec classrooms)
  • 11:30 to 12:30 pm – Judge Deliberation for Final Round Selection
  • 12:30 to 1:30 pm – Final Round Competition
  • 3:00 to 4:00 pm Judges Deliberation
  • 4:00 pm Awards Ceremony and Reception

This information will be available soon! 



Students will be responsible for booking their travel.

Student teams should consult with their university regarding any travel authorization requirements or reimbursements.


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