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HSM 541 Week 7 Course Project

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Introduction

This course project gives you the opportunity to select a 
problem that currently exists in our healthcare system and analyze its 
implications on our healthcare system. The paper should critically analyze the 
issues related to the topic and identify key strategies for improvement. In 
order to meet the project requirements, it is important to identify an issue 
or problem within the healthcare system. Please analyze and review the grading 
rubric to understand why this is important. Both web references and professional 
journals should be considered as references. Don’t overlook the Keller Online 
Library as an important source of information for your paper. The paper should 
include 8–10 references in APA or another approved format.

See a more detailed Grading Rubric below.

The length of the final paper should be approximately 8–10 
pages, double-spaced in MS Word.

Possible Course Project 
Topics

Describe the problems with our multiple 
reimbursement systems. Discuss how a single-payer system may improve access and 
cost containment in the U.S. healthcare system. Evaluate the lack of reimbursement environments for preventive healthcare 
programs, and evaluate the effectiveness of the current reimbursement patterns. 
Propose solutions for expanding these programs. Describe the problems in the U.S. healthcare system and how we might use 
another nation's healthcare system for reform. Evaluate how a new system would 
improve access to care, quality of care, and the efficient utilization 
of resources. Choose one particular form of complementary (nontraditional, alternative) 
medicine and explain why it may not be accepted by insurance providers or 
reimbursed by insurance companies. Describe its clinical approach and 
effectiveness, evaluate its economic impact, and review its potential for 
mainstream use, including future licensing and third party reimbursement. Evaluate the problem of fraud and abuse in the current U.S. healthcare 
system. Analyze the effectiveness of the OIG’s Healthcare Fraud and Abuse 
Program, and analyze effective actions healthcare organizations can take to 
decrease their liability in this area, offering examples. Critically evaluate the readiness and the effectiveness of the U.S. 
Healthcare Delivery System in responding to a widespread bioterrorism event; 
propose changes as appropriate to your analysis. Discuss some of the problems in measuring quality in the 
healthcare environment and investigate quality measurement. Provide options for 
quality measurement and the processes that could be measured in a healthcare 
setting. Critically evaluate the use of technology in healthcare and the challenges 
it presents in healthcare delivery. Offer specific examples or situations 
addressing technology’s contributions to improving the quality of health and 
healthcare; consider impact on healthcare costs and analyze trade-offs. Describe the problem of medical errors in our delivery system. Evaluate the 
effectiveness of selected programs aimed at reducing medical errors in the U.S. 
healthcare system; discuss one or more of the most effective measures identified 
to date and make recommendations for additional action.

NOTE: Other topics related to course content/TCOs will be 
considered, but only as approved in advance by your instructor.

Grading 
Rubrics Introduce the issue. Define the problem. Search the literature. Analyze the problem. Offer possible solutions. Propose a single solution. Develop an implementation plan. Justify why/how if your solution will solve the identified 
problem.

Your paper must include, but is not limited to, the following 
sections:

Category Points Description BACKGROUND 10 Describe the problem, organization, or situation you selected; 
identify the specific issues of interest or controversy; and present 
background/facts of the problem, organization, or situation that will enable the 
reader to clearly understand the issue. DEFINE THE PROBLEM 10

Identify and clearly state the problem, the management issue, in 
which an element of the identified problem or situation is not meeting 
expectations. Remember that what appears to be the problem may actually be just 
a symptom of a bigger problem – dig deep to be sure you've identified the real 
problems. If there appears to be more than one problem/issue, decide if they are 
separate or related issues.

State the problem in the form of a question. For example, if a 
work group is not performing effectively, an effective problem statement might 
be "How can the staff shortage improve?" rather than simply "Short Staff 
problems."

LITERATURE REVIEW 35

Present what you discovered in your search of the literature. 
Review issues, theories, concepts, and studies discussed in class and in our 
textbook, and review what other writers/researchers have to say about the 
subject of your analysis. Discuss the concepts, ideas, or insights that are most 
valuable in helping you make sense of your project. What theories can you use? 
What writers say something of value? Why is it of value? Which models are the 
least helpful, and why? What theories or concepts will you challenge or 
criticize because your findings are different? In short, demonstrate an 
understanding of the literature and apply it sensibly to the problem. This is 
not a course in applied commonsense; however, such practical intelligence is 
important, especially in the application stage.

A literature review is like playing a video game in which you 
are in a chamber with many doors. As you open each door, you uncover clues to 
help you progress to the next level. Similarly, in a literature review, your 
objective is to open the doors that can point the way to solving your business 
problem. Begin your literature review with a broad look at your field of 
interest, then narrow your focus until you zero in on the essential issues of 
concern.

NOTE: A literature review is a required element of this 
assignment. A good rule of thumb is to review at least 10 resources, beyond the 
textbook and class readings, to ensure the effectiveness of your 
research.

SUGGESTION: Begin your literature survey by accessing Keller's 
online library at www.keller.edu.

PROBLEM ANALYSIS 30 This section should provide a detailed analysis of the causes 
of the problem(s) or issue(s) you identified in Section II. A major objective is 
to clearly illustrate how you are using the healthcare course concepts (as well 
as what your learned from your literature review) to better understand the 
causes of the problem(s) or issue(s). Show that you are applying course 
material! (Note: Use subheadings to identify each factor you 
address.) POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS 30 Explore three solutions that could be appropriate ways to solve 
the identified problem/issue. Be sure these solutions are logical based on your 
analysis and that they each would effectively treat the problem, not the 
symptoms. Also, discuss the anticipated outcomes (both positive and negative) of 
implementing each of the possible solutions you identified. SOLUTION AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION 35 Outline your recommended solution to the problem/issue, one of 
the alternatives explored in Section V, or a combination of those alternatives. 
State your solution clearly and specifically. Describe exactly what should be 
done and how it should be done, including by whom, with whom, and in what 
sequence. Here are some points to keep in mind as you write this section: 


Have I indicated an awareness of the problem of implementation 
(the how aspect)? Have I been specific enough? For example, a general solution 
might state, "The healthcare manager needs to realize that his or her style 
should match the situation." A specific solution would state what style is most appropriate 
for the situation and how you will attempt to the have the manager realize the 
appropriate style. What aspects of the problem remain unresolved by my 
solution? Does my recommended solution and implementation plan address 
the problem/issues and causes identified in the previous sections? Does my solution consider and resolve the identified pros and 
cons? How will I evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented 
recommended solution? What process checks or procedures will I put in place to 
institutionalize the improvement? Could my solution cause other problems/issues? What risks are 
inherent in the solution you recommend? What contingency plans do you 
recommend? Assess the realism of your proposed action plan. For example, 
is there adequate time, money, or other resources for your solution? In 
addition, does your solution place too much reliance on other people being 
reasonable or what you think is reasonable? JUSTIFICATION 25 Justify why your recommended solution and its implementation 
will solve the identified problem/issue in the organization/unit you selected. 
An important element of this section is to show very clearly how you applied 
course concepts to arrive at a workable solution and a successful 
implementation. Apply appropriate course material; support your conclusions with 
appropriately referenced facts, quotes, and readings; and be sure your 
justification addresses identified pros and cons. REFERENCES 25 All citations in the paper must appear in the reference list, 
and all references must be cited in the text of the paper. Choose references 
judiciously and cite them accurately. Citations of an author's work in the text 
documents your work, briefly identifies the source for readers, and enables 
readers to locate the source of information in the alphabetical reference list 
at the end of the paper. To use the ideas or words of another without crediting 
the source is plagiarism.
Plagiarism, in its purest form, involves copying of 
entire passages either verbatim or nearly verbatim, with no direct 
acknowledgment of the source. The most common (and unconscious) form of 
plagiarism is when a direct quotation is simply paraphrased. Paraphrasing does 
not relieve you of the obligation to provide proper identification of source 
data. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to make sure all quotes, ideas, or 
conclusions not your own are given proper acknowledgment in your 
text. Total 200

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