HSM 310 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package



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HSM 310 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package


HSM 310 DeVry Complete Week Discussions Package



HSM 310 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 1

History of U.S. Healthcare (graded)

This week, you are studying the history of healthcare delivery in the United States. Your lecture does a great job of walking you through the decades and the centuries, the evolution of our medical field in America. What do you consider the most important milestones in the history of U.S. healthcare, and why? Discuss at least two such milestones, and be sure to support your answer.

HSM 310 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 2

Leadership in Healthcare (graded)

Another very important topic this week is leadership in healthcare. Based upon your readings and your own experiences, what do you believe that it takes to become a great healthcare leader? Consider the key leadership protocols from your textbook in your answer. What can you personally do right now to prepare yourself for a leadership role in the future of medicine?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 1

Motivating Healthcare Professionals (graded)

You are the newly appointed CEO of a 300-bed community hospital in the Midwest. During your first week on duty, your board president and your chief of medical staff both express the same concern to you about the hospital staff: They just don’t seem to be very motivated in performing their duties these days. Quality of care and patient satisfaction are suffering as a result.

What will you do to set about improving motivation within your healthcare professional team? Explain at least three specific motivational strategies that you will try, and also explain how you will know if your strategies have worked.

HSM 310 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2

Management Thinking (graded)

As a healthcare leader, you will need to work effectively with the thinking in your organization, and that can be challenging. To get staff members to think in the right ways for your organization to be successful, well, it takes work and finesse!

How will you work with thinking in your own healthcare facility? Discuss the role of thinking processes in organizational change and learning.

How will you, as a healthcare manager, use thinking to bring about positive change for your own facility?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1

Strategic Planning in Healthcare (graded)

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?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2

Quality in Healthcare (graded)

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?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1

Information Technology in Healthcare (graded)

Computers have changed just about everything in the way that we provide, document, and manage healthcare in America. Discuss some of the primary uses of information technology in healthcare organizations today. Provide specific examples of such applications. How do you see information technology in healthcare evolving over the decade ahead?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2

Managed Care (graded)

Managed care has greatly impacted healthcare delivery in America, and your lecture for this week covers this fact quite well. Managed care remains a subject of great debate in our nation, with some patients being quite satisfied with their HMO or PPO plans and others very disappointed. Doctors, in general, have been very frustrated with the intrusion of managed care in the historically sacred physician-patient relationship. What really is managed care? And how does it work?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1

Managing Healthcare Professionals (graded)

One of the most important topics in healthcare leadership today is culture of safety. Consider your learning from the textbook on this subject and your own personal and professional experiences. As a hospital manager or CEO, what steps would you take to ensure that a culture of safety exists for the protection of your patients and your staff members?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2

Strategic Management of Human Resources (graded)

The human resources department (HR) of a hospital or clinic is an extremely busy and important place these days. What are the key functions of human resources management? Select one of these key functions and explain how it can be done effectively in a healthcare organization today.

HSM 310 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1

Teamwork in Healthcare (graded)

You are the newly appointed director of human resources for a 500-bed regional medical center on the East Coast. One of the top priorities given to you by the hospital CEO when you were hired was to improve teamwork within the hospital. There has been too much bickering and poor communication among departments and within teams. Efficiency, quality, and morale have all been suffering as a result. How will you set about improving teamwork in your facility? How will you improve team communication, and how will you manage teams of healthcare professionals?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 2

Disparities in Healthcare (graded)

Based upon your studies this week, what do you consider to be the most serious disparities existing in American healthcare at this time? And what would you suggest be done to address these disparities? As a healthcare manager, what will be your best practices for achieving quality healthcare for all patients in your community?

HSM 310 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 1

Ethics in Healthcare (graded)

What are the key ethical concepts, as described in your textbook, that we need to understand as healthcare professionals? Cite at least two of these key concepts, and provide a relevant example for each, showing how the concept relates to healthcare.

HSM 310 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 2

Fraud and Abuse in Healthcare (graded)

Define fraud as it relates to healthcare. What is the difference between fraud and abuse?

Conduct an Internet search and find at least one example of fraud and/or abuse that took place in a healthcare setting. Present your example here for the group. What is the key learning objective from this example?