Note: Before completing this Discussion, please familiarize yourself with the Week 8 Discussion 2 Rubric located in the Course Information area of the course navigation menu.
This week’s readings touched on numerous issues affecting the health care industry now and in the future. Which of these issues has the potential to impact you either professionally or personally? Which of these issues are of particular concern and interest in your career as a health care administrator?
To prepare for this Discussion, reflect on the knowledge you have gained throughout this course and consider what you think to be the most important or pertinent health care policy issue affecting the health care industry today. How might this issue improve health care costs? How might it transform the way health care is delivered? How might it change the way people access health care in the future? Think of an issue that has both current and future implications.
For example, in your Learning Resources this week, you may have read an article in Modern Healthcare, which outlines plans the CMS Innovation Center has for testing a next generation Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) model in 2016. In this model, “patients will be able to voluntarily enroll in accountable care and in exchange, have their co-pays reduced or eliminated for some services, such as primary-care visits” (Evans, 2015). This articles offers a good example of current trends affecting relevant health care issues such as cost and access to care.
Post by Day 4 an analysis of what you think is the most pertinent health care policy issue with the potential to transform the way health care is delivered. Include in your analysis a rationale for implementation of a policy brief from a legal, ethical, and operational perspective. Be specific and provide examples.
General Guidance on Discussion Posts: Your original post, due by Day 4, will typically be 3–4 paragraphs in length as a general expectation/estimate. Refer to the Week 8 Discussion 2 Rubric for grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use the rubric to assess your work.
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