HSM541 Course Discussions Week 1

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HSM541 Course Discussions Week 1
Discuss the interrelationships between healthcare costs, quality, and access from the Roemer…

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HSM541 Course Discussions Week 1

HSM541 Course Discussions Week 1

All Students Posts 53 Pages 

Costs, Quality, and Access – 29 Pages 

Discuss the interrelationships between healthcare costs, quality, and access from the Roemer model of health services systems. Make suggestions on how one would maximize access and quality while keeping costs low. Now, analyze why these suggestions have not been put into place.  What does quality really mean in healthcare?  So now please consider a hospital that is operating in the red and must increase profitability.

How might this affect quality of care?  Would a high fee to see the doctor indicate a certain level of quality?  How do the characteristics of individuals or populations influence the utilization of health services?  Are there differences in access, cost and quality between rural and urban healthcare? Check out the AHRQ site which discusses each of these measures. Do you see how these measures could be useful in your organization?…

Illness vs. Health Promotions – 24 Pages 

Criticism has been leveled at the curative rather than health promotion/disease prevention focus of the U.S. healthcare system.  Should the focus change? Why or why not? Do you see evidence of a shift occurring? If so, what do you think is contributing to that change? Continuing our discussion of TCO A…the main question is interesting because the scarce resources abound in healthcare.

So why spend some of these scarce resources on care that is not needed right now which takes away funds from care that is needed right now?  More and more employers are recognizing the value of keeping employees healthy. Some companies have their own in house wellness programs, gyms or gym memberships. Others offer wellness bonuses to employees. Others provide self-insurance if they have a particularly healthy workforce.

McKee Baking Company in Tennessee subsidizes programs in stress control, weight management and smoking cessation.  Advocates of the wellness programs state the programs make employees healthier and happier therefore the employees are more productive. Employees miss less work and need less medical care. Less medical care means lower insurance cost to the company.  What might be an argument on the con side of this issue? What might the skeptics say? Does the Preventative Healthcare model imply a certain prejudice towards those who refuse to follow a healthier lifestyle?…