Healthcare questions



Thereis always a lot of talk about the need for and value of strategicplanning. My organization does strategic planning on a regular basis.But is it enough. Where does operational and/or tactical planningcome into play if at all?

Strategicplanning is not enough for the running of an organization. Strategicplanning may be good for the planning of long-term goals of anorganization to ensure that there is a good chance of a company ororganization achieving its long-term goals and vision. However, thereis a part of operational and tactical planning to play in achievingorganizational goals. Tactical planning involves planning the presentactivities of the organization. Operational planning ensures that theday to day activities of organizations continue. These day to dayactivities of the organizations may determine whether or not the teammay reach its long-term targets.

Thefinancing of health care is changing. Under the ACA there will bemore people with insurance coverage thus hospitals and physicianswill have lower bad debt and presumably increased revenue. As youlook into the future 10 – 20years from now,what do you think the payer landscape looks like? How does thisvision impact how you would operate a healthcare service organizationtoday?

Inten to twenty years from now, there will be more access to healthcareand some improvements in the insurance system that will facilitatethe improved access. Among the improvements will be the ensured issuefor those with preexisting health problems. Insurance rescission willalso be reduced or eliminated. Citizens will also have increasedreach to Medicaid, especially for those working but poor. There mayalso be reduced the cost of health. However, the affordability of theaffordable medical care for the people would be problematic. This isbecause there may be increased cost administration of the healthcaresystem.

Asa health care professional, what can you do to communicate to thecommunity the proper use of health care resources?&nbsp

Asa healthcare professional, there are some things I would do tocommunicate to the community about the proper use of healthcareresources. One of the things is first to analyze the current use ofhealth care resources such as medical insurance and healthcarecenters. After the analysis, I would make recommendations that wouldinclude publishing in the newspapers the results of the analysis andthe solutions. For example, I would encourage people to enroll formedical cover so as to benefit from health insurance. I would alsoencourage people to avoid corruption in the healthcare system thatmay lead to embezzlement of funds that would have been used toimprove the quality of healthcare. People should also take advantageof their medical cover by not buying drugs over the counter, but,visiting hospitals for treatment. Proper nutrition to preventsicknesses that burden the health care should also be avoided(Huntington, 2011).

“Theroles overlap into the community when it comes to making choicesconcerning one`s health.&quot Would you mind elaborating on this,please. How does an individual’s choice have a direct impact on thehealth or health status of the community?

Theroles overlap into the community when it comes to one’s health inseveral ways. One of the direct ways is that it is the role of thecommunity to ensure that communicable diseases are reported to avoidoutbreaks that may lead to sickness in a larger population of thecommunity. Illnesses such as cholera or viral diseases such asanthrax or Ebola can eliminate an entire community if members are notcareful about each other’s health statuses. Sickness does not onlyemotionally affect the sick ones, but also the people around. It is,therefore, vital that members are involved in ensuring not only theirown health but each others. The indirect way that community affectsindividual health is through paying medical bills through insurance.As a result of health insurance, rich members of the community fundthe treatment of the less fortunate by contributing through thehealth insurance covers that ensure affordable health for all.

&quotSincereligion and spirituality is one of the greatest challenges inhealthcare, it is necessary to give adequate training to healthcareproviders to equip them with adequate knowledge and skills on how tohandle patients from all religious divisions in a way that does notinfringe on their beliefs and attitudes towards healthcare.&quotDelivering care in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manneris important for maximizing the ability to have good outcomes. Thisusually comes with a cost to the organization. Cost for bilingualstaff, training in different cultures, etc.. The burden of this costis shared by everyone, not just those who are receiving this&quotspecial&quot care. Any thoughts?

Thecosts of special treatment due to the multiculturalism are sharedamong everyone in the healthcare system, those who benefit from thespecial treatment and those who do not benefit. However, it is fairfor everyone to carry the burden of cost for several reasons. One ofthe reasons is that one may be of the majority culture in one place,but a minority in another location. Everybody would, however, want tobe treated similarly everywhere they go for treatment. Another reasonit is fair for the cost to be spread is that in most states, theminority are usually the less financially stable groups and they areusually the one that may need special treatment. Therefore, it wouldnot be fair to make those who can barely afford the treatment tofinance the individual attention they may need because of theirculture. However, the issue of the increased medical cost because ofthe cultural diversity should not be a reason for increased medicalexpenses as there are people from that culture who are I thehealthcare sector. Fair employment of persons from all cultures wouldsolve the problem.

Whatnew trends are happening in health care and their challenges?

Thenew trends happening in healthcare is the employment of people fromvaried categories to better the service of the healthcare system. Theother professions being employed in healthcare include engineers,linguists and others. This is meant to increase the workforce andreduce inefficiencies. However, the challenges for the trend includea shortage of finances to fund the new salaries. Other new trendsinclude increased healthcare insurance due to the Affordable care actand a shortage of nursing personnel. The limitation for a shortage ofnursing staff is the increased workload due to the increase patientadmissions because of the affordable healthcare act.


Huntington,W. V., Covington, L. A., Center, P. P., Covington, L. A., &ampManchikanti, L. (2011). Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of2010: reforming the health care reform for the new decade. PainPhysician,14(1),E35-E67.

Healthcare Questions


  1. What is the individual`s role in dealing with challenges and trends in health care? How does this role overlap into the community?

Theindividual plays a crucial role in the healthcare system sinceeffective collaboration between individuals, and healthcare providersare the key to a successful healthcare program. The roles of a personregarding healthcare are two way. First, it is the duty of theindividual to watch their health and avoid all things that are likelyto jeopardize their health. Most of the lifestyle diseases to such asdiabetes and obesity can be prevented if individuals watched theirdiets and lifestyle. In cases of requiring medical attention, it isthe role of the individual to seek immediate health care servicesbefore their health situations worsen. The role of the individual indealing with trends and challenges in healthcare ultimately overlapsto the community. This is because the community is made up ofindividuals. Consequently, the more the individuals in a givencommunity play their role in healthcare, the better the generalwellbeing of the area will be.

2. Identify one potential challenge or trend that your chosen healthcare field will likely experience. How would you strategically handlethese issues in your organization?

AsYoungberg (2011) asserts, each field of healthcare has its fair shareof challenges for the patients, policy makers and healthcareproviders involved in it. In community healthcare provision, one ofthe key challenges is religious differences and their impact on howindividuals perceive healthcare services. As expected, each religiousdoctrine has its unique views and beliefs that affect the attitudesof its believers towards certain key aspects of healthcare provision.For example, Muslim women may not be comfortable getting medicalattention from a male healthcare provider. This means that in suchcases, adjustments need to be made to ensure that they get femalehealthcare professionals. Without such an intervention, they mayreject treatment, endangering their health in the process. Sincereligion and spirituality is one of the greatest challenges inhealthcare, it is necessary to give adequate training to healthcareproviders to equip them with adequate knowledge and skills on how tohandle patients from all religious divisions in a way that does notinfringe on their beliefs and attitudes towards healthcare. Thisstrategy will ensure that patients do not miss out on treatment whenthey feel like it is delivered in a way that goes against theirreligious beliefs and perceptions.

3. How will potential risk and quality management issues affect thehealth care industry of tomorrow?

Identifyingand addressing the potential risk and management issues in healthcareis the key to ensuring the sustainability and economic consistency ofthe sector (Youngberg, 2011). Common risks in the healthcare sectorsuch as financial constraints and wrong medical choices by healthcareprofessionals have the potential to water down the gains made in thehealthcare sector if they are not adequately addressed. On issues ofquality, medical negligence sticks out like a sore thumb. Even thoughthese quality issues also qualify as risks, they have a greaterimpact on the employers of healthcare providers that the risksmentioned earlier do. Medical negligence is attributed to roughly100,000 deaths annually. The financial cost that comes with makingsettlements to the families of these patients drains the healthcaresector financially. Other healthcare quality issues such as improperprocedures and complaints by patients about healthcare services andprocedures are some of the healthcare quality issues that have thepotential to affect the healthcare sector negatively in the future ifthey are not adequately addressed.


Youngberg,B. J. (2011). Principlesof risk management and patient safety.Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.