HCA 305 (The U.S Health Care System)
Week 1 DQ 1
With so many different stakeholders in the health care system, many with powerful political lobbies, it is understandable that the government has been unable to effectively address the problems of cost, access, and quality. With the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the government has taken a step towards reshaping the health care system. Answer the following question:
How will the PPACA reshape the health care system in terms of access, cost, and quality?
Week 1 DQ 2
In spite of its impressive accomplishments, the U.S. health care system is fraught with problems and dilemmas. There is a growing concern that health care is a big, complex, unmanageable business. In this week’s reading, six major stakeholders were identified, they are: the public, employers, providers, hospitals and other health care facilities, the government, and managed care organizations and other insurers. After reading this week’s text and other references answer the following questions:
In what ways have the stakeholders contributed to make the current health care system in the United States is too complex and unmanageable?
Week 2 DQ 1
An oversupply of physicians in many urban regions contrasts with continuing problems of access in rural and inner-city areas. After completing this week’s reading and viewing the video, discuss this topic using the following questions to help guide you:
Week 2 DQ 2
According to Sultz & Young (2011), “Communication among providers and between providers and patients [is] problematic as medical technology progresses and time pressures on physicians increase” (p. 179). After completing this week’s reading discuss this topic using the following questions to help guide you:
Week 2 Assignment: HCA 305 Week2 (Physician Information) (950+ Words)
Week 3 DQ 1
The chapters assigned this week focused on hospitals and ambulatory (outpatient) healthcare organizations. Each has their own unique administrative and clinical requirements due to shifts in utilization. Choose one of situations presented below and discuss the implications for healthcare organizations, consumers, and the health care delivery system as a whole. Fully state and explain your position while providing at least two references (one may be the text).
Week 3 DQ 2
According to Sultz and Young (2011), “with the multitude of tasks performed everyday by hundreds of employees in a busy hospital. Misunderstandings and information breakdowns in patient care are inevitable” (p.85). After completing this week’s reading discuss this concept as it relates to quality patient outcomes. Answer the following questions:
Week 3 Assignment: HCA 305 Week 3 (Quality of HealthCare) (350+ Words)
Week 4 DQ 1
There are many factors influencing the increasing demand for long-term care services in the United States. Select two from the following list and discuss ways in which your two selected factors are affecting the market for long-term care services.
Week 4 DQ 2
According to Sultz and Young (2011), “there is no single ‘mental health system’ [in the United States] but a variety of systems that provide services. Those systems vary widely in what services are provided for whom, by whom, and in what setting” (p.329). Answer the following questions:
Week 5 DQ 1
Critique the ways in which each of the following factors affects healthcare expenditures in the United States.
Week 5 DQ 2
Healthcare reform is underway in the United States. Given the history of previous attempts to reform the U.S. healthcare system and the current state of the U.S. economy, answer the following questions:
Week 5 Assignment: HCA 305 Week 5 (Quality of US Healthcare System) (2000+ Words)
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