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  1. HCA 497 Nerd Education Expert/hca497nerddotcom FOR MORE CLASSES VISIT www.hca497nerd.com

  2. HCA 497 Entire Course (Ash) • HCA 497 Week 1 DQ 1 U.S. Health Care System vs. Other Countries • HCA 497 Week 1 DQ 2 Health Care Trends and Challenges • HCA 497 Week 2 DQ 1 The Aging Population • HCA 497 Week 2 DQ 2 Quality Management Techniques

  3. HCA 497 Week 1 DQ 1 U.S. Health Care System vs. Other Countries (Ash) • HCA 497 Week 1 DQ 1 U.S. Health Care System vs. Other Countries • U.S. Health Care System vs. Other Countries. Compare and contrast the U.S. health care system with that of another country. What are some of the major advantages and disadvantages inherent of both systems? Explain whether the selected country could learn from the U.S. health care system or if the U.S. could learn from the other country.

  4. HCA 497 Week 1 DQ 2 Health Care Trends and Challenges (Ash) • HCA 497 Week 1 DQ 2 Health Care Trends and Challenges • Health Care Trends and Challenges. Evaluate the impact of at least two major trends that occurred in the U.S. health care system during the twentieth century that continue to significantly influence the access to health care in the twenty-first century. Identify the population groups that are affected the most and explain why this is the case. How have these trends challenged health care organizations and

  5. HCA 497 Week 2 DQ 1 The Aging Population (Ash) • HCA 497 Week 2 DQ 1 The Aging Population • The Aging Population. Analyze what you believe to be three of the most significant challenges that health care providers face in the delivery of health care services to the aging population. Prioritize your selections (i.e., one, two, and three) and justify the rankings that you assigned to each challenge. Research statistical data on the topic and include at least one statistic from a credible source to support your opinions.

  6. HCA 497 Week 2 DQ 2 Quality Management Techniques (Ash) • HCA 497 Week 2 DQ 2 Quality Management Techniques • Quality Management Techniques. Evaluate the effectiveness of two or three quality management techniques that are practiced in health care organizations. What types of health care organizations and populations would benefit most from these techniques and why? What are some of the roles that non-clinical health care professionals play in the quality of care within health care organizations?

  7. HCA 497 Week 2 Quality Oversight in Health Care Organizations (Ash) • HCA 497 Week 2 Quality Oversight in Health Care Organizations • Quality Oversight in Health Care Organizations. Quality of care and patient safety has become a driving force in the delivery of health care in the twenty-first century. Your paper should address the following: • 1. Explain the role of quality oversight in health care organizations and elaborate on how non-clinical personnel contribute to the process.

  8. HCA 497 Week 3 Cost Containment and Malpractice Claims Article Review (Ash) • Cost Containment and Malpractice Claims Article Review. Health care costs have become a major issue of concern in the U.S. and defensive medicine practices have become a topic of increased interest among a variety of stakeholders. For this assignment, please visit the University Library and read the Hermer and Brody article titled “Defensive medicine, cost containment, and reform.” Identify the ways to contain health care costs as well as the potential to reduce costs associated with malpractice claims.

  9. HCA 497 Week 3 DQ 1 The Rising Cost of Health Care (Ash) • HCA 497 Week 3 DQ 1 The Rising Cost of Health Care • The Rising Costs of Health Care. From the perspective of a health care provider (e.g., doctor, hospital, long-term health care facility, pharmaceutical company), evaluate the three most significant economic drivers that have contributed to the rising costs in health care. Explain why the health care provider might hold this position.

  10. HCA 497 Week 3 DQ 2 Financial Effects of Governmental Regulations (Ash) • Financial Effects of Governmental Regulations. Explain and evaluate two mandated or proposed policies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (C.M.S.) or any other branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the past three years that could have a substantial financial effect on a health care provider (e.g., doctor, hospital, long-term health care facility, pharmaceutical company). Describe the policies and explain the potential effects. Is the effect positive or negative? Explain your answer.

  11. HCA 497 Week 4 DQ 1 Nationwide Health Information Network (N.H.I.N.) (Ash) • Nationwide Health Information Network (N.H.I.N.). Locate the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology found on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website. Identify and describe at least three initiatives that have been taken by the Office of the National Coordinator to promote the nationwide exchange of health data. How will these initiatives contribute to improved quality, safety, and efficiency of health care? Which of these initiatives do you consider most significant? Explain your answer.

  12. HCA 497 Week 4 DQ 2 Technology and Health Care (Ash) • Technology and Health Care. The use of technology has become a major driving force in the delivery of health care services, as well as an area of economic and ethical concern. What is the relationship between technology, health care, and ethics? Can technology have both a positive and a negative impact for health care providers and other stakeholders, such as patients? Has technology changed the role of the health care administrator? Explain your answer.

  13. HCA 497 Week 4 Regulatory Analysis Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Care (H.I.T.E.C.H.) Act (Ash) • Regulatory Analysis: Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Care (H.I.T.E.C.H.) Act. The use of technology has become a major driving force for many stakeholders in the health care industry; the HITECH Act is expected to play a major role in advancement. View the video The HITECH Act: Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use and address the following:

  14. HCA 497 Week 5 DQ 1 Special Populations (Ash) • Special Populations. Identify three special population groups in the U.S. and explain some of the major health care issues that are unique to each group. Providing examples, analyze the efforts of the U.S. health care system to address the needs of these special population groups. Do you think that the U.S. health care system is doing a good job? Why or why not?

  15. HCA 497 Week 5 DQ 2 Health Care Policy Initiatives (Ash) • Health Care Policy Initiatives. Provide an example of at least one health care policy or program that has been adopted in your state within the past two years. Describe the impetus for this policy and identify any special population groups that were especially affected. Was the group affected in a positive or negative way? Identify some of the key stakeholders who were involved in initiating the policy or program and their roles in the process.

  16. HCA 497 Week 5 Final Paper (Ash) • Focus of the Final Paper • During each week of the course, you have covered various issues and trends associated with the U.S. health care system. For your Final Paper, you will apply the knowledge that you have gained throughout the course and the program of study by analyzing key health policy issues from the perspective of major stakeholders in the U.S. health care system.

  17. HCA 497 Nerd Education Expert/hca497nerddotcom FOR MORE CLASSES VISIT www.hca497nerd.com