HSM544 Discussions Week 5


HSM544 Discussions Week 5
Access to primary health care services in a timely manner is a significant factor for optimal…

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HSM544 Discussions Week 5

HSM544 Discussions Week 5

Week 5 All Students Posts – 57 Pages 

Human Capital and Policy – 29 Pages

We believe that primary care is the foundation of a robust health care system. It will take all providers working to the fullest extent of their educational preparation to ensure an effective health care system that meets the triple aim of improving the patient experience and the health of populations, and reducing the cost of care.

However, costly and unnecessary barriers to NP practice continue to exist, impeding both NPs and physicians from working to their fullest capacity. The unnecessary requirements in numerous states for physicians to sign orders for physical therapy or other referrals, supervise NPs, or sign off on numerous other documents are costly, waste precious physician time, and are not feasible in the real health care world.

Access to primary health care services in a timely manner is a significant factor for optimal public health outcomes. However, there is currently a notable shortage of primary health care workers, which may compromise the quality of patient care. It has been established that practices with more than 2,000 patients per practitioner working full-time are not able to provide the level of care and access to their patients as required. At this ratio, each primary care physician is estimated to spend more than 17 hours each day in the provision of acute, chronic, and preventative health care. This is clearly not feasible and does not include other responsibilities and paperwork associated with the position.

Attracting a greater number of medical students into the provision of primary health care, rather than specialization, would help increase the number of primary care practitioners. There are several ways of doing this, including:…

Impact of Health Policy – 28 Pages 

What is the impact of health policy on resourcing (i.e., funding, technology, capital assets, and other key, nonhuman means of healthcare delivery)?  How do we increase awareness about health policies among the targeted population?

Healthcare Reform Act—officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)—institutes sweeping changes across all healthcare stakeholders, including payers, providers, and plan members. In fact, the amount of change required by the PPACA is so extensive, distilling all the changes down and accounting for their impact is a serious challenge for the industry as a whole. However, if we focus on the apparent macro changes that affect payers—an increase in competition for the group market, an increase in overall access, and new regulations on expense caps for medical costs—a rational set of assumptions becomes apparent for predicting the direct impact on stakeholders. The implementation of these changes will cause payers to:…