HCA 610 Module 1 Discussion 1
Discuss at least two implications of health care reform on the health care organization’s goals and strategic plan. How will processes and operations need to be adjusted to meet the requirements of health care reform legislation?
HCA 610 Module 1 Discussion 2
Evaluate the “Comprehensive Organizational Plan” presented by Oetjen and Rotarius. Is this model suitable for any type of health care organization? So, Discuss the implications of the model on the ability of health care managers to contain cost, preserve quality, and promote universal access.
HCA 610 Module 2 Discussion 1
Compare and contrast at least two methods of assessing health care organizations’ operational needs and explain how they differ based upon a particular health care setting.
HCA 610 Module 2 Discussion 2
What is the purpose of a balanced scorecard? How is the balanced scorecard used to lead and manage an organization? How can the balanced scorecard be linked to organizational effectiveness as well as individual performance evaluation?
HCA 610 MODULE 3 DISCUSSION 1
Describe the effect of higher levels of medical spending, profitability, and fiscal margins on process quality for health care organizations. Indicate the role of financial stability in health care organizations on their ability to adequately resource the staffing, equipment, and infrastructure that support care delivery. Specifically, what is the effect of financial flexibility in increased use of preventative and wellness measures and lower length of stay?
HCA 610 Module 3 DQ 2
Discuss Pettigrew’s theory on the contextual dependency of strategic change. Explain the concept of the disciplining context and why medical professionals accepted and used it. Also, explain why the internal market system, which was implemented to solve financial problems, was abandoned.
HCA 610 MODULE 4 DQ 1
Post the questions and responses from the interview you conducted with a health care organization senior executive. Comment on the interviews of at least two of your classmates.
HCA 610 Module 4 DQ 2
The resources needed to support operations and implement strategic initiatives can far surpass those available. What is the role of the board in establishing organizational priorities? How do you know which winning ideas are worth pursuing now? How can an organization tackle ambitious plans while ensuring that operations stay on track?
HCA 610 Module 5 DQ 1
Another turmoil in the capital markets underscored for hospital leaders the negative impact of various liability-side risks. These risks for the liability-side include market and liquidity risks as applied to investments, such as equities (stocks), bonds, securities, and property, plant, and equipment. What are several types of financial risk that the health care organization could take in the course of operations?
HCA 610 Module 5 DQ 2
Financing risk often must be addressed when an organization is least equipped to deal with it and limited in its options. The interrelationship of asset-side and liability-side risks is a critical issue for hospital leadership. Another example of how you would use a best practice approach to balance sheet management, giving careful consideration to management of asset/liability risks and returns in concert with one another.
HCA 610 MODULE 6 DQ 1
In today’s economy, an important measure for a CEO or CFO is the return on assets (ROA). The goal is to maximize the ROA, resulting in reduced operating costs and improved clinical outcomes. Given the direction of reimbursement, a well-run project with positive results could impact a health care organization’s revenue performance. What are some ways building projects will lose without supply chain management’s expertise?
HCA 610 Module 6 DQ 2
The key to planning technology is the investment in a strategic plan that encompasses not only where an organization is ……, but also defines the organization’s current position. The plan, in essence, outlines the pathway between the two. Also, Making it successful depends on how the market is defined, and whether or not the right questions are being asked. To determine the long-term cost of operation and potential revenue generation for each piece of equipment, what factors need to be considered?
HCA 610 MODULE 7 DQ 1
The goal of the Six Sigma program is to achieve a level of quality that is as close to perfection as possible. So, Explain how the disciplines within Six Sigma can improve hospital efficiency and hospital profitability?
HCA 610 Module 7 DQ 2
What is your personal definition of continuous quality improvement? How would you relate this definition to operations in a health care organization? How do we try to build new methods of practicing based on profound knowledge, most of which already is tacit in the organization, as well as the new knowledge that the CQI process generates?
HCA 610 MODULE 8 DQ 1
What is the value of supply chain management? How does supply chain management impact the financial position of an organization?
HCA 610 Module 8 DQ 2
Why would an organization need to measure the capacity (throughput) of the various resources (x-ray equipment, exam rooms, length of stay, etc.)? How does capacity management support decision-making?