week 1An aging population, an increased demand for chronic long-term care, as well as an trend toward the development of new technologies that support alternative delivery systems (ADS) have all decentralized medical decision-making and embraced private innovations inhealthcare for senior citizens and taxpayers. As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of your facility, discuss the implication (both positive and negative) of decentralized medical services on caring for an increasing aging population and increased costs of new technologies. Name at least two strategies that may keep your organization viable.week 1 reflectionReflect on the week’s activity andanswer the following question: Do you believe today’s consumers are more informed about the disease process and its treatment or are they relying too much on media to provide viable treatment suggestions? Defend your answer.week 2The False Claims Act contain qui tam or whistleblower provisions.Discuss the pros and cons of being a whistleblower. If you were aware of fraudulent issues in your healthcare organization why would you NOT report the issues?reflectionReflect on the week’s activity andanswer the following question: If you were aware of fraudulent issues in your healthcare organization, do you agree that reporting such an issue should be mandatory and should penalties be imposed if the fraudulent activity is not reported? Defend your answer.week 3The burden of rising healthcare costs is more disconcerting to rural healthcare organizations. With that in mind, how does rural tele-health efforts keep up with that of the urban tele-health movement.reflectionReflect on the week’s activity andanswer the following question: What part does Healthcare Information Technologyplay in healthcare reform?week 4The textbook indicated that “inpatient care will diminish and hospitals are likely to downsize with continued advances in medicine.” The text also stated that the hospital “…will play a very different role in the future as part of an integrated collection of providers and site of care.” Describe what the hospital of the future looks like. Are hospitals important community assets that should be maintained at any cost? Or should they be allowed to close if they are not financially viable?reflectionReflect on the week’s activity andanswer the following question: Research has indicated that although the government is aware of possible infectious epidemic attacks [For example think Eboli], local healthcare systems are not prepared to respond to this type of bioterrorist attack. Why is this a true statement?week 5In spite of nursing’s vital importance to hospitals, nurses face excessive paperwork, managerial and staffing responsibilities, as well as supervision of lesser trained techs and aides. These tasks [and other duties as assigned] require an inordinate amount of time spent in functions other than direct patient care. These frustrations are combined with long work hours, stagnant salaries, and other difficulties. As the Chief Nursing Officer for your health organization, provide three  possible solutions to these growing issues.reflectionReflect on the week’s activity andanswer the following question: Congress is cutting hospital reimbursements, and hospital systems are merging to survive. Ambulatory care settings provide healthcare on an outpatient basis. In fact more than half of all surgical procedures are now performed in ambulatory surgery facilities. How has the quality of patient care been affected by these unconventional ambulatory healthcare settings?week 6Healthcare materials manufacturers and distributors are moving from a supply oriented service to value oriented service and supply process. Why? Explain the difference. To assist facilities in managing rising costs, a reduction of cost is necessary. However, this reduction comes at the expense of the patient/client. Why does cost reduction hurt the patient [or does it] and is this transition from supply to value oriented service really necessary? Defend your answer.reflectionReflect on the week’s activity andanswer the following question: Combining Patient laboratory results from various locations [testing sites] with clinical information from other disciplines and sources is a challenge. How can healthcare organizations successfully manage all of this clinical data and maintain patient confidentiality?week 7Find and summarize in 1 – 2 paragraphs an article that best describes your hope for the future of healthcare in the USA. For credit be sure to attach the article or article link [NOT website!] Remember; No article – No points!As reminder, our last day is Day 5. All work needs to be submitted by then.reflectionReflect on the entire course activity and in the course reflection discussion forum over the last seven (7) weeks of this class and post your thoughts. Include any epiphanies as well as any drudgery.Post your opinion on the topics, the research and what you have learned from you and your classmates’ research on various USA Health Care topics.
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