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HCS 440 Week 1 Discussion Question 1

In what way(s) does a recession affect the economics of healthcare?  How does it affect the providers versus the consumers of healthcare and what might be the overall effect in the economy?

 

HCS 440 Week 1 Discussion Question 2

What are the advantages and disadvantages of profit versus nonprofit healthcare (provider) organizations?  Please think beyond just the financial aspects of each and discuss the health outcomes and provider treatment aspects as well.  What are the motivations and incentives of each and how does that change their behavior with respect to their patients?

 

HCS 440 week 1 Individual Assignment Economic Terms and Health Care History

  1. 1.     Individual Assignment: Economic Terms and Health Care History
  • Resource: Economic Terms and Health Care History grading criteria on the student website.
  • Complete the Economic Terms Exercise in Week One of the student website.
  • o   Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper in which you include the following:
    Describe the history and evolution of health care economics and the timeline of health care funding, usingthe defined terms.
    • o   Includetwo outside resources.
  • Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.
  • Submit your paper and a copy of the completed exercise to your facilitator.

 

HCS 440 Week 2 Discussion Question 1

What should be the public's responsibility in bearing the cost of healthcare services for individual lifestyle choices (e.g., smoking, poor eating, lack of exercise, etc.)?  Should there be some means for financially 'penalizing' those whose choices lead to excessive healthcare costs?

 

HCS 440 Week 2 Discussion Question 2

What sorts of conditions or situations would affect a change from inpatient to outpatient care?  What has been the trend in outpatient care over the last 5 years and what do you believe have been the major reasons for this trend?

 

HCS 440 week 2 Learning Team Assignment Health Care Reform Project, Part I

  1. 2.     Learning Team Assignment: Health Care Reform Project, Part I
  • Resource: Health Care Reform Project, Part 1 grading criteria on the student website.
  • Select a current health care economic issue, such as managed care, health care spending, prescription drugs, the influence of current legislation on health care, medical care for an aging population, or the influence of illegal immigrants on health care economics in the United States.
  • Write a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper in which you address the following:
    Describe the issue.
  • o   Perform a literature search on the issue. Find at least three articles and provide a summary of the articles.
    • o   Research, identify, and describe three possible solutions. The solutions do not need to be extensive, but must represent solutions identified in your research.
    • o   Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

 

HCS 440 Week 3 Discussion Question 1

How does the governments’ financing of education affect the supply of physicians and nurses and what role do you believe the government should play in trying to eliminate the shortage of medical professionals?

 

HCS 440 Week 3 Discussion Question 2

Economists typically suggest that there are 4 major forms of resources in any market: land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurial ability.  Of these, which do you think is the most important in the market for healthcare and why?  How does the industry currently satisfy its demand for this resource most effectively?

 

HCS 440 week 3 Individual Assignment Health Care Spending Paper

  1. 1.     Individual Assignment: Health Care Spending Paper
  • Resource: Health Care Spending Paper grading criteria on the student website.
  • Write a 1,250- to 1,750-word paper in which you explain your position on national health care spending in the United States. Include information on the following:
    The level of current national health care expenditures
  • o   Whether the spending is too much or not enough
  • o   Where the nation should add or cut, and why
  • o   How the public’s health care needs are paid for, such as being financed by various payers, while indicating the percent of total expenditures they represent
    • Provide a forecast of the following:
    • o   The future economic needs of the health care system
    • o   Why these needs must be addressed
    • o   How you envision these needs will be financed
      • Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

 

 

HCS 440 Week 4 Discussion Question 1

What have been the major trends in health care over the last decade-in particular in terms of provider and facility type-and what have been the overall effects of these trends on the market.  Speak to changes in healthcare expenditures and service delivery to patients.

 

HCS 440 Week 4 Discussion Question 2

What role does the government currently play in supporting health insurance coverage and healthcare payments in the US and what role shouldthey play in financing or legislating healthcare in the future?

 

HCS 440 week 4 Individual Assignment Economic Issues Simulation Paper

Individual Assignment:  Economic Issues Simulation Paper

  • Review the Health Care Economics Issues HMO Simulation.
  • Resource: Economic Issues Simulation Paper grading criteria on the student website.
  • Select either Constructit or E-editor to analyze for your paper.
  • Prepare a 1050- to 1400 paper in which you present a profile of the chosen company including the demographics of the employees, the health care risk factors (potential areas of high utilization), and the premiums the company is willing to pay.
  • As a representative of Castor insurance, your job is to maximize profit and minimize risk for the company. Based on your analysis of potential utilization, give at least two reasons why each plan could be selected. Then state which plan you would select to sell to your chosen company? What are the reasons for this decision?Why did you not select the other plans offered?

 

 

 

HCS 440 Week 5 Discussion Question 1

Should every employer in the US be required to provide health insurance coverage to its employees?  If so, to what degree?  If not, do you think there should be an individual mandate requiring all individuals to purchase coverage for themselves and their family members?

 

HCS 440 Week 5 Discussion Question 2

Several other countries (Canada, France) have instituted some level of ‘socialized medicine.’  Briefly describe how this model is different from that in the US and explain whether and why/why not you think it would be successful in this country.  Do you think the US already has some aspects of a socialized system in health care?

 

HCS 440 week 5 Learning Team Assignment Health Care Reform Project, Part II

  1. 3.     Learning Team Assignment: Health Care Reform Project, Part II
  • Resource: Health Care Reform Project, Part II grading criteria on the student website.
  • Prepare a Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation in which you summarize health care reform material.
  • Assume you are making a presentation to the board of directors concerning your investigation into the selected economic issue.
  • Have a minimum of 10 to 15 slides with extensive speaker’s notes, augmenting and expanding on the information presented in each slide.
  • Include the following in your presentation:
    Determine and explain which solution is most effective.
  • o   Explain your reasoning for choosing the solution.
  • o   Explain why the solution will work.

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