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HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 1 Discussion

DQ1 Provide a high-level overview of the US health care system. Discuss how your personal worldview may influence your perspective on the healthcare system in relation to cost, quality, and access.

DQ2 Discuss the commonalities and differences between individual and population health. Provide an example of each, along with a time when a provider would be concerned about both concurrently.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 2 Discussion

DQ1 The Pareto efficiency is a simple idea, but it is difficult to achieve. Why is this? Provide an example from outside your textbook.

DQ2 Describe perfect competition as it relates to health care economics. What are the key characteristics? Does perfect competition provide an advantage or disadvantage to the consumer? To the health care provider/organization? Provide an example of perfect competition within health care.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 3 Discussion

DQ1 The public interest theory and the special interest theory of government intervention have their similarities and differences. Compare and contrast these two theories and provide a recent example of each.

DQ2 How are Medicaid and Medicare similar? How are they different?

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 4 Discussion

DQ1 Increased demand for health care services leads to an increasing need for health care organizations to be cost-efficient. What are the factors that impact an organization's financial viability?

DQ2 Discuss how the individual demand for health care differs from the aggregate demand for health care. Provide at least one example.

 

 

 

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 5 Discussion

DQ1 Analyze the role of the market in addressing workforce shortages, including projections for the physician market and monopsony model for the market for nurses.

DQ2 Describe the difference between cost-saving and cost-increasing technology-based innovations. Provide an example of each and analyze why a cost-increasing innovation would continue to be used.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 6 Discussion

DQ1 Supply and demand encompass the health care workforce, just as they do any other service providers. Describe the role that public policy plays when discussing physician shortages.

DQ2 Nursing shortages are a source of feared for many health care administrators. Describe what the nursing workforce is like where you live. (Your state board of nursing website is a good place to gain information.) Next, discuss what aspects are leading to an overall nursing shortage, and what steps are being done to counteract this shortage.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 7 Discussion

DQ1 Explain the history of failed attempts to enact national health insurance in the United States.

DQ2 According to your personal worldview, should individuals have a right to medical care? Are there any instances when medical care should not be considered a right?

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 8 Discussion

DQ1 Using both your textbook and at least one other peer-reviewed source, discuss the public choice theory or model. How does it relate to rivalness and excludability?

DQ2 Think of a time when a government policy directly affected policy or policies at your organization. While health care examples are preferred, if you do not have experience working in that environment yet, any professional setting can apply.

 

 

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 1 Assignment

Health Economics Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to distinguish health economics from other forms of economic study.

Write a 500-750 word essay addressing the following criteria:

Analyze the differences and similarities between health economics and other forms of economic study.

Choose a health care organization or entity (e.g., hospital, nonprofit medical clinic, physician office, pediatric specialty clinic, optometry office).

Describe the following economic terms in the context of the selected organization or entity: Scarcity, Opportunity Costs, Marginal Analysis, Supply and Demand, Competition, Efficiency, and Market Failure.

Use two or three peer-reviewed scholarly resources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 2 Assignment

Health Care Market Structures

The purpose of this assignment is to compare the different market structures within the realm of health care. Use the "Health Care Market Structures" template to identify the four basic market structures, describe their role within health economics, describe the advantages and disadvantages of each market structure, and provide a specific health-care-related example of each market structure.

Please use two or three peer-reviewed sources to assist you with this assignment.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 3 Assignment

Insurance Case Study Analysis

Read the case scenario and answer the case questions:

Case Scenario

A patient is confused about how to make payments for a recent visit to urgent care and hospital stay. Her employer-based insurance provider's website allows her to use her HSA account to make a payment online. She uses her HSA debit card to make the payment, but her insurance provider sends her a check instead of sending it to the Tri-City HealthCare Agency. After contacting her insurance help desk via the website, she is told to send the check to Tri-City HealthCare Agency herself. The patient asks the insurance provider's help desk representative why they cannot just make the payments for her. She is told about the various payment types and payers in the health care industry and how the market influences the integrated delivery systems in the industry.

Case Questions

Describe the payer systems mentioned in the case study.

Explain how the market forces have influenced the need for integrated delivery systems.

How might the insurance provider explain the payment system it utilizes for its clients? Explain if this method is effective or not for the insurance provider's clients.

What has been the most significant legal and regulatory effect on managed care organizations?

How would this case study have differed if the patient was using public or social insurance?

The response to each question should be a minimum of 200 words. Formal essay structure is not required; differentiated responses to each question are acceptable.

Integrate two to four scholarly sources in the collective assignment.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

 

 

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 4 Assignment

Social Determinants

The purpose of this assignment is to discover how social determinants affect the health of a particular population. The first step of this assignment is to choose a location and disease process from the following list:

An emergency department in New Orleans; addiction, hypertension management

A rural tribal clinic in northeast Arizona; addiction, diabetes management

A children's clinic in McAllen, TX; obesity, diabetes management

Write a 750-1,000 word paper in which you accomplish the following:

Describe the setting of your facility.

Describe the chosen population.

Explain how social determinants affect the population's health status.

Analyze how this health status affects the demand for health care.

Provide one or two ways this health issue can be addressed.

Incorporate two or three peer-reviewed scholarly resources in your paper.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 5 Assignment

Benchmark – Supply Costs

The purpose of this assignment is to use health care economics to assist in developing a financial plan to support the viability of your health care organization.

Imagine that your CFO has asked you to present a high-level financial overview to the other administrators using the information found in the organization's annual report (found in the study material, "Unity Health Care 2017 Annual Report"). Prepare a PowerPoint presentation of 12-15 slides (not including title and reference slides), that includes the following:

Where does the company stand financially?

How do the components of the health care finance system interact to provide the results you are given?

Discuss the short-run and long-run costs of production. How do they fit into your overview?

Include a supply curve on one of your slides. Discuss how you determined which factors affected the position of the supply curve.

Develop a financial plan to support the viability of your organization.

Using Loom, record your presentation and submit the Loom file to the instructor.

Refer to the study materials for additional guidance on recording your presentation with Loom.

While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

MPA Health Care Management

4.3: Analyze how components of the health care finance system interact with each other.

MBA Health Systems Management

5.1: Develop financial plans to support the viability of health care organizations.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 6 Assignment

Economic Evaluations

The purpose of this assignment is to describe the importance of evaluations in health economics.

Write a 750-1,000 word paper that includes the following:

Describe the importance of evaluations in health economics.

Compare and contrast the four types of economic analysis as they relate to health economics.

Discuss how economic evaluations and health policy are related. Provide recent examples.

Discuss the role of technology in economic evaluations.

Include an introduction and conclusion in your paper, and incorporate at least three peer-reviewed scholarly resources.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 7 Assignment

Health Care Reform

The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize yourself with the intricacies of health care reform.

Write a 1,000-1,250 word paper that addresses the following:

Analyze the nature of health care reform in the United States, both in the past and present.

Discuss the two needed elements in health care reform and why they hold importance.

Evaluate a minimum of three different health care reform strategies and provide a rationale for each.

Choose one of the three areas (above) and provide a specific example of health care reform at either the state or national level: (a) What was it called? (b) Who introduced it? (c) When was it introduced? (d) What was its ultimate purpose? and (e) Did it succeed? If not, why not?

Incorporate two or three peer-reviewed scholarly resources in your paper.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

 

HCA530 Health Care Policies & Economics

Week 8 Assignment

Benchmark – Informing Policy

The purpose of this assignment is to examine the process of putting a new policy into place.

Write a 1,250-1,500 word paper according to the instructions provided below.

Review news stories and articles regarding a recent (within the last year) health-related policy (not the Affordable Care Act)

Introduce this policy in your paper and discuss the following:

How the governmental policy process informs the development, implementation, and assessment of policy within the realm of health care.

The impact of your chosen policy on health care consumers, organizations, and systems.

The impact of your chosen policy on health care providers.

Now imagine you are adapting this policy to the health care organization at which you work (or where you wish to work). Describe the organization and discuss the following:

The stakeholders involved in policy formation and their impact on health care policy formation and structures.

The response you expect from those stakeholders.

The specific impact this governmental policy will make (positive, negative, indifferent) and why?

Incorporate two or three peer-reviewed scholarly resources in your paper.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Refer to the LopesWrite Technical Support articles for assistance.

Benchmark Information

This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:

MPA Health Care Management

4.5: Analyze how governmental policy processes inform the development, implementation, and assessment of policy within health care.

MS Health Care Administration

1.1: Analyze the impact of various stakeholders on health care policy formation and structures.

1.3: Examine measures of current and pending legislation and the impact on health care consumers, organizations, and systems.

 

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