HSM310 Discussions Week 3

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HSM310 Discussions Week 3
Strategic planning is a lot of work, but it is so important for hospitals and other healthcare…

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HSM310 Discussions Week 3

HSM310 Discussions Week 3

All Students Posts 57 Pages

Strategic Planning in Healthcare – 28 Pages

Strategic planning is a lot of work, but it is so important for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Why is it so crucial that hospitals conduct regular strategic planning sessions? Why must they develop a multiyear strategic plan document and update it annually? What would likely happen if a healthcare facility decided to discontinue strategic planning?

Even having only a singular market, there is still very important research that can be done in the SWOT format in order to ensure that you keep your contract.

Obviously, you can focus on what strengths your company has that they won, and can maintain, this government contract. These strengths might be time-efficiency, cost, quality of product or service. Whatever it is, it is important for you to identify it for future utilization.

Weaknesses are also easy to identify. Sure you provide a great service, but does it come at a cost? Does it take a long time to produce? Do you communicate poorly with the customer?

Opportunities is a little trickier to answer because it requires that I know a little more about your organization and field, but some standards might be “can the price of the contract be increased when it is time to re-up?  Can the length of contract be increased? Can the same services be expanded to more than just your current client? Can you offer more services while still maintaining your current one?

Threats are probably the most limited, but still a very important dimension to look at when analyzing your business. “Will I win this contract again?” is the huge one, but within that are questions like “is technology making my product or service obsolete?” “Is the government working on a way to produce this product or service itself?” “Is there somebody who can make this product, but better/cheaper/faster/with more transparency?” Also, threats might be “are increasing costs going to affect my profitability? Are my prices adjusting for inflation?”
In the viewpoint of the health care administrator, what are some of the priorities in managing a facility?

Quality in Healthcare – 29 Pages

Your readings and lecture this week provide essential background on quality in healthcare, including the two major approaches to quality improvement. Compare and contrast the continuous quality improvement (CQI) and Six Sigma approaches to quality improvement. Which approach do you feel is best suited for measuring and improving quality in healthcare facilities, and why?….

What are some different terms frequently used for quality in health care services and what are their meanings?  What people and positions would you include on your hospital’s quality improvement committee, and why?  How does structure, process, and outcomes interact to create quality in a healthcare facility?

Working in health care management, I hear this statement a lot. ‘If it is not documented, it did not happen. How can this statement help with quality of care and in operating a facility?

In today’s world of many law suits and for educational and monitoring reasons, it is a good practice to have things documented. Does your health care facility (your workplace or personal doctor) document everything well? What kind of system do they use for patient records?

I think a good point of QA programs is to monitor and correct problems the services of an organization or department. It helps to achieve quality services and products. It is often used for certifications. One bad thing is that it may be expensive to pay for the extra time and personnel and it adds to the price charged for the service or product. What do you think about this?