HCA 210 Complete Class,
HCA 210 Complete Class
Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Due to medical advancements and increasing costs, many health care services or procedures have moved from the inpatient hospital setting to the outpatient ambulatory care setting. What are the main purposes of ambulatory care? Do you think ambulatory care is changing society’s view on health care? Why or why not? How can its services improve?
Week 1 DQ 1
Ambulatory care consists of a wide range of health care services delivered in outpatient settings. Describe three of these settings and their purposes. What specific services are provided in each setting?
Week 1 DQ 2
Describe at least two advantages to having a solo practice. Describe at least two benefits of having a group practice. Are there any disadvantages to having a group practice? What are the disadvantages to having a solo practice?
Week 2 Assignment: Staff and Administration
Write a 350 to 700 word paper in APA format addressing the following: Medical and clinical staffs, such as physicians and nurses, have roles and responsibilities different from those of hospital administrators.
Describe at least two roles of medical staff and two roles of hospital administration that you consider most important.
Explain why you selected those roles as most important.
Week 2 Checkpoint Hospitals.doc
Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following:
Hospitals are generally categorized as nonprofit, for-profit, or governmental. Identify at least one example of each from your community or state. What are the differences in populations served by these hospitals? Are they urban or rural? Do the services vary? Explain your answer.
Week 3 DQ 1
Post your response to the following: As populations live longer due to medical technologies, the need for managing chronic diseases, associated disabilities, and mental health issues will increase. Long-term care services can meet those needs in a variety of settings. What are some of the long-term facilities in your community or state? Are there any essential services missing? If yes, what are they? If no, what services could be improved upon? What other health care services are offered in your community or state that are not long-term care services?
Week 3 DQ 2
Post your response to the following: What are three issues faced by the aging population that you believe to be a problem? Why do you see these as problems? Are there any agencies in your community that address these problems? If so, what are they? If not, why do you think they are not being addressed? How has the long-term health care system addressed aging populations in the past 50 years?
Week 3 CheckPoint: Long-Term Care Simulation
Complete the Long-Term Care Simulation at http://corptrain.phoenix.edu/axia/hca210/hcaint01_redo.html, which follows a woman through the long-term care system from the perspective of a social worker.
Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: What did you see as being the greatest challenge for the case worker in this simulation? What other challenges do case workers face when working with placement of the elderly in long-term care facilities? Do you see any alternatives to Mrs. W’s long-term care situation? If yes, what are they? If no, why not?
Week 4 CheckPoint: Mental Health Service Professions
Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Visit the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site at http://www.bls.gov Under Occupations, click Occupational Outlook Handbook and search the handbook for various mental health service professions.
Select two professions within the mental health service area and answer the following:
•What are the professions you selected?
•What type of training, level of education, or other qualifications are required for each profession?
•What types of agencies or facilities would employ your selected professions?
Week 4 Assignment: Case Study
Read the case study located in Appendix B.
Write a 700- to 1,050-paper responding to the following: You have recently been
employed by a small local hospital as an administrative assistant in the emergency room. The hospital does not provide any behavioral health services. You are assigned the task of gathering information for your supervisor that would help develop a plan to place the mentally ill in appropriate care. In your report to your supervisor, include your responses to the following:
•What is the definition of mental illness? Can mental illness be as clearly defined as a physical illness such as diabetes? Can mental illness be cured?
•Has the concept of deinstitutionalization been effective in providing needed services to the mentally ill? Why or why not?
•What populations or groups were most adversely affected by deinstitutionalization? What are the benefits of deinstitutionalization?
•Are health care professionals who provide mental health care integrated with other systems of care? What are the consequences of separating mental health from physical health care? What other services (social and health) might be needed by the mentally ill?
•What are three governmental sources that pay for mental health care? What populations are covered by these sources?
•What are some of the challenges to using a managed care approach in mental health care? How does a managed care model of mental health care reduce health care spending?
•How would you ensure the mentally ill are placed into the appropriate care facility?
Week 5 DQ 1
Visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Web site at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/
Who is eligible for Medicare? Who is eligible for Medicaid? What range of health care benefits are covered by each? What do you feel should be covered that is not covered? Are there certain health care benefits you feel should not be covered by Medicare or Medicaid? Explain your answer.
Week 5 DQ 2
In what ways do health care expenses affect an economy? What are the economic advantages to government involvement in health care? What are the economic disadvantages?
Week 5 Assignment: The Costs of Health Care
Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Identify and describe three causes for the increasing costs of health care. What impact does each of these causes have on society?
Week 6 CheckPoint 1: My View on Health Care 1
Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: What do you see as the purpose of health insurance? Should there be limits on the amount of health care provided? If yes, what criteria should we use to ration health care? If no, how should health care be financed so that everyone has access?
Week 6 CheckPoint 2: My View on Health Care 2
Post a 200- to 300-word response to a classmate’s response to Checkpoint 1 that the instructor will post. Your instructor will post a classmate’s response to the first CheckPoint in your Main Forum on Day 4. The classmate’s response will relate a viewpoint that opposes your own that you will respond to. Why do you disagree with your classmate’s opinion on the limits for the amount of health care provided? Why do you disagree or agree with criteria they listed to ration health care?
Week 6 Assignment: Power Point Presentation
Post your response to the following: You have been selected to give a presentation on the United States’ insurance options to a group outside the United States. The group is being presented with this information for the first time.
In a 10- to 12-slide PowerPoint© presentation, explain how health insurance began, the purpose of health insurance, and each of the following insurance options. Be sure to list the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Include speaker notes to further explain details on your slides.
o Managed care
Week 7 Discussion Question 1
Due to advances in technology, the complexity of disease management, and the increasing costs of health care, multiple categories of both professional and ancillary health care providers have evolved.
Identify three different types of health care workers who provide direct patient care, and describe the role each plays in providing patient care. Do you think those health care workers have responsibilities that may be out of their traditional scope of practice? If so, what are the responsibilities? If not, do you think there should be any additional responsibilities added to those professions? In addition to your text, you can research information via the Internet by using the job title as a keyword search.
Week 7 Discussion Question 2
How has the payment of health care providers evolved over time? What caused these changes? Select one of your classmate’s responses. Do you agree or disagree with what they listed as one of the causes for change? Why or why not?
Week 7 CheckPoint: Interview a Health Care Professional
Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Interview a health care professional, provide their name, and summarize his or her responses to the following questions:
1. What are the educational, licensing or certification requirements for your profession?
2. What is the scope of your practice?
3. What are your profession’s primary responsibilities?
Week 8 CheckPoint: Electronic Medical Records
Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: Computer technology continues to make rapid advances. Health care facilities have used computer programs for administrative functions such as payroll and billing. How do health care facilities use electronic (or computerized) medical records (EMR)? What are the advantages of EMR? Are there any disadvantages? Give an example of at least two challenges faced when implementing a universal EMR system.
Week 8 Assignment: Measuring Quality
Write a 350- to 700-word paper in APA format describing two approaches or indicators to measuring patient outcomes. Measuring the quality of care is essential to being able to identify which areas of patient care need improvement. A positive patient outcome is one measure of quality. What role do health care workers play in determining quality care?
Week 9Capstone Discussion Question
Post your response to the following: What is one strength you see in the current U.S. health care system? What is one weakness you see? List and describe one of the challenges facing the U.S. health care system.
Week 9 Final Project: My Proposal for a New System
• Resource: Appendix A
• Due Date: Day 7 [Individual] forum
• Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in APA format that addresses the following: Develop a
unique proposal that describes a new health care system. Consider the current U.S.
health care system’s strengths, weaknesses, and challenges. Be sure to include your
answers to the following:
o What is your vision for the new health care system?
o Who benefits most from this new system?
o Are there any populations that would be disadvantaged by this new system? If so,
o What current challenges would be solved by implementing your new proposal?
o Would the proposed system create any new problems?