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HA 610 Health Policy and Management University
HA 610 Full Course Discussions Herzing University
HA 610 Unit 1 Discussion
In recent news, heated debate among lawmakers persists regarding the condition of the current Veteran’s Administration (VA) and its role to provide significantly better health care and shorter wait times for this growing population segment. Because many of our Veterans require both physical and psychological attention (primarily related to PTSD), discuss how state and national policies should adapt now and in the future toward helping our Vets better assimilate back into society–body, mind, and spirit. Do you advocate for privatization of the VA system or any social entitlement, such as Medicare or Medicaid as a method for improvement? Explain.
HA 610 Unit 2 Discussion
Please share your research, experience, and thoughts: What is the real and perceived performance of the US health care system? Are the views different among patients, providers, payers, policy makers? Why or why not?
HA 610 Unit 3 Discussion
Please share your research, experience, and thoughts: Since health care tends to be local, as a policy maker, what would you do to encourage the large community (retailers, restaurants, employers, schools, etc.) to improve the health of the community? For these initiatives should the government play a role or should they be sponsored by other entities? In many states, the Certificate of Need (CON) requirement is still being practiced. Is it right to limit competition among health care institutions in a proximate region–simply because of, say, political clout or who has the deeper pockets? Defend your response.
Unit 4 Discussion
Please share your research, experience, and thoughts: Briefly discuss your views of management and leadership. Do you believe they are the same or different? If you believe they are different, do you think that they have the same importance for the future of nursing? Do you feel that one is more important than the other? How can novice nurse-managers and administrators learn important management functions and develop leadership skills? Should they? Who today represents a “model” leader? What is their distinction?
Unit 5 Discussion
Healthcare today seems to center on physical care, often relying on advanced diagnostics with highly specialized clinicians needed to administer it—and as quickly as possible. In fact, many procedures are being performed “same day” that were unthinkable a few decades back. While these advancements help a hospital’s bottom line with rapid thru-put for physical procedures, let’s think about psychiatry as a healthcare crisis that requires considerably more time and specialization to realize results. Do you believe that psychiatric and psychological disorders are becoming destigmatized, and consequently being given the same attention by providers (insurance and facilities) as physical ailments? Should mental health be equal to physical health as a social responsibility? Does the PPACA (Affordable Care Act) offer balance in this situation? Explain.
HA 610 Unit 6 Discussion
Please share your research, experience, and thoughts: Using the ethical principle of justice, determine whether health care in this country should be a right or a privilege. Are the uninsured and the insured “unequals” that should be treated according to their differences? Does the type of health insurance that one has also create a system of “unequals”? If so, are the unequals being treated according to their differences? Specifically, what should health care providers “do” to positively contribute to help foster a healthier society? Your research, experience, and opinion are welcomed in this forum.
HA 610 Unit 7 Discussion
Please share your research, experience, and thoughts: In today’s society, we are dealing with a New Era, health care access and coverage for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community in the United States are on the rise. While these changes are expected to increase health insurance coverage and access for LGBT individuals and their families, many challenges and questions remain, including:
What will be the impact of state policy choices on access and coverage?
How will new protections against discrimination be translated into practice and where do gaps remain?
Now that gay marriage is legal in most states, is the more conservative institution of healthcare positioned for this change?
Should this group become a protected class under law?
**Note that some states are designing legislation to abolish counseling for transgender individuals–which tends to always fail. Should policy simply be to provide “treatment” and surgery for these individuals? Recently a transgender teen threw herself in front of a bus and died because her counseling had failed–and surgery seemed farther away.
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