GCU HCA515 full course All discussions and Assignments - May 2016

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All Discussions DQ 1 & DQ2

GCU HCA515 week 1 discussion DQ 1 & DQ2

DQ 1

Are health care professionals the cause of higher health care costs or are the effects of more technology and the demand for services the cause of raising costs?

DQ 2

Is health care a right or a privilege?

GCU HCA515 week 2 discussion DQ 1 & DQ2

DQ 1

Determinants of health reach beyond the boundaries of traditional health care and public health sectors. Sectors such as education, housing, transportation, agriculture, and environment can be important allies in improving population health. Provide a documented example in which this has been demonstrated, and provide supporting evidence.

DQ 2

What are health indicators and how are they used? Present your answer in an example format in which you explain what the health indicator is and how it can be used. There are numerous examples available, and it is not appropriate to repeat one that has already been posted.

GCU HCA515 week 3 discussion DQ 1 & DQ2

DQ1

According to the assigned readings in Delivering Health Care in America: A Systems Approach, what is meant by health care financing in its broad sense? What impacts do various financing options have on different population segments that are reliant upon the health care delivery system?

DQ 2

The Medicaid program serves the poor. Discuss its financing, eligibility, and benefits that are covered for our most vulnerable populations. How can the system efficiency be improved while delivering cost-effectiveness?

GCU HCA515 week 4 discussion DQ 1 & DQ2

DQ 1

Given your readings, present two reasons for increased health care costs. How might such costs be controlled while still providing quality health care?

DQ 2

Why have health care regulations been largely unsuccessful? Support your answer with evidence.

GCU HCA515 week 5 discussion DQ 1 & DQ2

DQ 1

Read “Key Features of the Affordable Care Act by Year,” located on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, that is found in the Topic Materials. Select an issue in the timeline and research one journal or Internet article that discusses where the issue stands in the process of health care reform implementation. Include your opinion on effectiveness and quality related to the issue, using literature to support your stance. Debate your peers' answers.

DQ 2

Describe one general trend related to health care financing reorganization associated with one of the following: free market, government financing, or employer-based. What is your opinion on the outcome? There are numerous trends available, and it is not appropriate to repeat one that has already been posted.

GCU HCA515 week 6 discussion DQ 1 & DQ2

DQ1

Define the concept of globalization of health care and provide an analysis of the benefits and challenges of such an international system. Research current literature on the effectiveness of current efforts, governmental as well as nongovernmental, including major challenges being faced. Do you feel that an effective global health care system is realistic?

DQ 2

What are the implications of the migration of patients and health care workers across borders? Describe the financial incentives and quality of care considerations. Some would say that the United States provides health care services to needy populations outside of the country while many of its own citizens lack needed health care services. What are your feelings on this issue?

GCU HCA515 week 7 discussion DQ 1 & DQ2

DQ 1

Describe perceived discrimination related to health care as presented in "Discrimination and Racial Disparities in Health: Evidence and Needed Research." What is your reaction to the article's premise of racial and perceived racial discrimination patterns in health care delivery? Support your opinion with references and experiences.

DQ 2

Wakerman recommends expansion of research in primary health centers located in rural communities. Some of the areas he considers are financing, providers, community participation, health information systems, and performance measures. If you were a government or foundation funder, which of these areas would you fund research in? Why?

GCU HCA515 week 8 discussion DQ 1 & DQ2

DQ 1

What are the current incentives and disincentives faced by medical students in choosing to become primary care versus specialty-focused physicians? What is the impact of credentialing and regulation of health care professionals (both nationally and state-to-state)? How would you change the system to become more balanced; that is, how would you attract more people to become primary care physicians?

DQ 2

What is the accepted explanation for the nursing shortage? Consider the following explanation: "There is no ‘shortage' of nurses; there is a shortage of people willing to put up with the conditions nurses must work under." Do you agree? Why or why not?

Assignments

Details:

Complete the “Health Care Models Analysis” document.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

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

Health week 4 3

Care Models Analysis

Directions: Develop a hypothetical case requiring the treatment of a patient (for example, the patient has a virus, an allergy, or a chronic condition). Using this case, explain the process in which each model (medical, holistic, epidemiological triangle, and social) would provide treatment (considering underlying causes, symptoms, as well as personal, social, economic, and environmental factors). If a model can be explained using a labeled graphic, then that is acceptable as well.

Hypothetical Case (basic details only):

Medical Model:

Holistic Health Model:

Epidemiological Triangle Model:

Social Model:

week 4

Details:

There are two broad approaches to financing health care: a market-based approach and a government-financed approach. For each approach, answer the following questions:

Who is provided access?

How much coverage is provided?

How are the services paid for?

How does reimbursement apply?

Are there limitations on care?

What guides care decisions for patients?

What is the quality of services?

Are there competitive options?

How much are prevention and wellness emphasized?

How are health care costs managed and controlled?

How are medical advances generated?

How is health care reform established?

In addition, offer any further advantages and/or disadvantages you have gleaned from your research.

The information above can be presented in one of the following formats as long as there are full sentences and examples:

Short-answer format

Outline

Table

Next, in a short narrative (one for each approach), explain what component you feel requires the most reform in order to finance a health care system that covers all, or most, people. Justify your rationale.

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

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 Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

week 5

Details:

Complete the "Access of Care Assignment" document.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

Access of Care Assignment

Directions: Completely answer each question below. In your answer, utilize evidence (cite and reference sources) and/or examples. All answers should be more than 50 words.

1) What is access of care?

2) How does service availability affect access of care?

3) How do affordability, physical accessibility (delivery), and acceptability (quality) of services affect access of care?

4) What are some barriers to access of care?

5) How is equity of access measured?

Assignment Grading Criteria(Each question is worth 30 points)

week 7

Prepare a rough draft of this paper to submit for peer review by Week 7.

Revise your paper using the peer reviewers suggestions, and submit your final work in Week 8.

Submit the rough draft of your "Team-Based Health Care Delivery Paper" for peer review in your individual forum at the beginning of Week 7.

Each class member will be given another student's paper to peer review. Students will not perform peer reviews on papers that focus on the same topic they chose.

In preparation for this assignment, you should review the “Peer Review Grading Guide.”

APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

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 Turnitin.

week 8

Details:

Write a paper of 1,200-1,500 words that discusses the team-based approaches to the delivery of health services. The focus of the paper should be one type of health care environment, such as a hospital, primary care, or long-term care facility.

Within your paper, be sure to do the following:

Present a patient case (this does not need to be detailed).

Describe the team that would deliver care and their individual roles.

Identify and describe the indicators and determinants of health that would influence or impact this case.

Describe the impact this team-based approach would have on management and line staff.

Provide an analysis of key financial and resource savings for consumers and insurance companies as they apply to this model.

From a leadership position, explain the advantages of using a team-based approach.

Your paper should contain the following parts:

Introduction

Body paragraphs (Possible headings include: Case Description, Health Care Delivery Team, Indicators and Determinants of Health, Financial and Resource Analysis, Team-Based Approach Advantages.)

Conclusion

Revise your paper using suggestions from the peer reviewer.

Use the GCU Library to find at least two peer-reviewed sources.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA 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 Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

Complete the "Establishing My Academic and Career Path" document as directed.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.

Establishing My Academic and Career Path

As you begin the transition from academic courses to career opportunities, reflect on how the strategies already discussed can help to guide you through the process. Consider the degree path you have chosen and what additional skills or activities you should engage in beyond the academic learning in your courses to be successful. What initiatives and goals do you have for this career? Begin and continue to establish your academic journey and career goals.

Individual courses within the program will offer opportunities through assignments that develop particular skills pertinent to specific career requirements and transfer of acquired knowledge. Other courses and specific assignments such as interview, practicum, and capstone projects provide opportunities for students to be exposed to relevant problems and creative activities in health care. These opportunities will require students to apply techniques acquired from the classroom to active investigation with experienced mentors in the field.

Research where to find career openings in your chosen field, select a position you might be interested in, and identify the qualifications and experience required. Identify these requirements as you progress through the coursework provided in your program. Take initiative to inquire and explore as you make connections with your coursework and career goals. Some items to consider further are membership in a professional association, the use of Internet job boards for research into future trends, licensure compliance throughout the country/world, and occupational conditions such as location, shifts worked, required equipment, or safety standards.

Listed below are some suggestions related to the types of information that you may want to include in this section of the document:

1) Who? Who would make up my network (e.g., peers, instructors, professionals, colleagues) essential to success in my chosen field in relation to this particular course?

2) What? What are my findings from researching competencies and/or certification requirements for my specific job role in relation to this course?

3) When? When should I begin to make the connection between my course of study and my career goals?

4) Where? Where does this course fit in my career goals? Where could I schedule an interview or internship to bridge the theory in my course with the practice of a job in the field?

5) Why? Why are peer-reviewed articles important and what is the significance of them in a career in health care?

6) How? How does this course relate to the requirements of my career goals? How can I make a link between the course and career experience that I need?

Focus on the concepts and skills learned from this course and spend time reflecting on Who, What, When, Where, Why or How, in establishing your academic and career path. Examples are given below. The table will continue to expand as you progress through the course

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