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?
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." 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.
"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."Delivering 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"special" 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.
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