Prioritize the Operational Challenges, Trends, and Issues for U.S. Healthcare Executives

    October 10, 2022

Financial challenges associated with changes to how   healthcare organizations are reimbursed for healthcare services, the cost of   implementing new technology and professionals to comply with federal   requirements for electronic health records, and the increasing numbers of   individuals who cannot pay for their healthcare represent only one issue for   healthcare executives in the healthcare delivery system. But it has   significant consequences for the viability and solvency of healthcare   organizations. Healthcare executives don’t have a crystal ball; however, they   do engage in forecasting the future based on what is currently known and   examination of trends (Lee, 2015). To do this type of forecasting, healthcare   executives are demonstrating techniques found in anticipatory management.   According to their seminal research, Ashley and Morrison (1997) reported   there are severe consequences for not anticipating future trends in a rapidly   changing and complex society. The anticipatory management process they   describe begins with scanning the environment to identify issues; creating   issues briefs to inform stakeholders; prioritizing issues; assembling the   team of experts; creating, implementing, and evaluating action plans and   outcomes; and adjusting the course when necessary.
Last week, you compared healthcare delivery and   costs in the United States with those in developed countries. This week, you   will focus U.S. healthcare executives and how they prioritize the challenges   confronting them to minimize the impact to their organizations.
As you prepare your assignment, consider these   questions:

What        challenges you have experienced in the healthcare workplace or when you        have accessed your own healthcare provider?
Have        you observed changes to how your personal health information is gathered        and documented?
What        technology is now being used which may be new to your workplace?
Were        you required to take additional training in your current healthcare        position due to the implementation of new technology?
Have        you experienced a shortage of healthcare personnel in your workplace or        at your healthcare provider’s office?
What        effect have these situations had on you as the employee and patient?

After your examination of current literature on the   trends, issues, and challenges for healthcare executives and their   organization’s review Ashley and Morrison’s seminal article (1997) on anticipatory   management and utilize the sample chart shown for this assignment.
You may recreate this four-column table in a Word   document and insert your issues/trends, identify which organizational area   is/will be impacted by each issue/trend, and provide your rationale for the   priority level you assigned each issue/trend. Be sure to use a title page for   this assignment and a reference page in APA format. You will add rows to your   table as needed to include all identified issues and trends.
Table 1. Sample Chart

Issue/trend (write these as      statements)

Organizational Area of Impact      (indicate which department/division effected by the issue/trend (write      these as department names)

Rationale for Priority Level (write      these as verb phrases)

Ex.: Financial challenges— Medicare     reimbursements—Value-based Payment Program

Ex.: Business Office—Finance;     Accounting; Budget Office, Facilities Management, Purchasing, Human     Resources, Patient Services

A decline and/or delay in revenue     limits types of services provided, reduces purchasing power, delays vendor     payments, halts capital improvements, freezes filling vacant nursing     positions



Length: The length of this document will vary based   on your findings; include the table and a summary of your findings using a   minimum of 5 pages not including the title page and reference page.
References:  A   minimum of 5 scholarly resources
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