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HCA 827 Topic 1 DQ 1

Describe a situation that could have benefitted from the application of the processes of a learning organization. What would have been different had these processes been applied? Explain. How might this application of processes have produced a different outcome? Support your reasoning with current research.

HCA 827 Topic 1 DQ 2

The practical use of theories may be overlooked in routine, daily management and operations as a tool for creating sustainable organizations. Is it reasonable to incorporate Diffusion of Innovation Theory into a health care organization in order to enhance daily operations and promote sustainability? Why or why not?

HCA 827 Topic 2 DQ 1

Health care leaders need to understand community demographics in order to plan for population health including changing demographics across a continuum. On which aspects of the demographic continuum should healthcare leaders focus? Why is this focus important?

HCA 827 Topic 2 DQ 2

Find the U.S. Census Bureau data for the last three surveys for your state. Which changes in demographics (i.e., age, race, income) have exuded the greatest influence on health care services in your state? Why? How might understanding a demographic continuum assist with the planning of future community health services for your state? Why?

HCA 827 Topic 3 DQ 1

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) governs and influences compliance policy at all health care organizations including policy that drives patient data protection workflows. What do you believe is the most significant way that HIPAA influences the use of technology in the patient data communication workflow? Why?

HCA 827 Topic 3 DQ 2

Regulatory changes often prompt workflow changes or the addition of bureaucratic levels to manage the implementation of the regulation. How can leaders encourage workflow innovation that creatively mobilizes existing organizational resources to meet the challenges of regulatory guidance? Explain. When is it acceptable to expand an organization to meet new regulatory requirements? Explain.

HCA 827 Topic 4 DQ 1

Health care innovation and change, while seemingly slow, often move faster than people in health care organizations are reasonably and pragmatically willing and able to adjust. What are two people-related barriers that health care leaders need to mitigate in order to facilitate innovation and change? How can those barriers best be mitigated? Why?

HCA 827 Topic 4 DQ 2

Impending changes in reimbursement structures commonly find health care leaders working to balance the budget of the current month while simultaneously adjusting practice in order to meet upcoming requirements. How can health care leaders most effectively facilitate quick innovative change, while navigating bureaucracy? Support your position.

HCA 827 Topic 5 DQ 1

Recessions commonly have a negative effect on the budgets of health care organizations as well as the personal finances of individuals. How has the most recent recession changed health care in your community? Have these changes been entirely negative, or are there positive results as well? Explain. What do you believe are the best strategies for your community to enact to support any positive changes and to offset the negative changes? Why?

HCA 827 Topic 5 DQ 2

Economic downturn commonly means less time in the hospital and greater demand for other services. How might health care leaders best create steady revenue streams amidst changing service requirements created by fluctuating economic conditions? Why? Can steady and sustainable revenue ever be fully achieved? Why or why not? To what extent does the notion of universal health care coverage influence the stability and sustainability of revenue streams for health care organizations? Why?

HCA 827 Topic 6 DQ 1

Stakeholder feedback comes from a variety of sources in the contemporary, connected world including patient and employee perspectives as well as the views of community and government. As a health care leader, what research-based approach would you take to reduce staff anxiety and improve staff opinions with regard to the use of patient satisfaction questions as a tool for organizational decision making? Why would you take this approach?

HCA 827 Topic 6 DQ 2

There is a trend toward including patients on committees and boards of health care organizations as a means of gathering stakeholder feedback and creating a structure of shared governance with stakeholders. Is this a valid means of gathering stakeholder feedback? Why or why not? Should health care organizations continue the trend toward creating shared governance with stakeholders? Why or why not?

HCA 827 Topic 7 DQ 1

Quality safe care is the ethically responsible thing to do and, as such, it requires an ethically responsible budget. However, quality safe care typically costs more at the time of service. As a health care leader facing economically driven funding cuts, what strategy might you employ to steer the organization to the creation and maintenance of an ethically responsible budget that assures quality safe care? Why would you choose this strategy?

HCA 827 Topic 7 DQ 2

Quality safe care tends to cost more initially, but many believe that it ultimately reduces costs because it allows for more money to be spent on care than on lawsuits, relapses, infections, and other unwanted consequences. To what extent is the delivery of quality safe care a factor of the work environment? Explain. Does ethics education play a role in the creation of a work environment dedicated to quality safe care? Why or why not?

HCA 827 Topic 8 DQ 1

A positive culture that includes shared leadership creates buy-in and fuels the sustainability of the organization. In addition, research notes that a satisfied staff leads to better patient outcomes. Is the promotion of a positive culture primarily the role of management in a health care organization? Why or why not? How can members of a health care organization cooperate to ensure an organizational culture that promotes the sustainability of quality safe care? Explain.

HCA 827 Topic 8 DQ 2

The courses that comprise the health care emphasis of your doctoral program have addressed areas such as organizational structures, governance, health care regulation, professional development, leadership, community, and sustainability. Take a few moments to reflect back over the key themes of the emphasis courses. Which of these resonates with you most strongly? Why? How will this influence your dissertation research now that your topic is largely solidified?

 

HCA 827 Full Course Assignments GCU

HCA 827 Topic 2 Change and the Learning Organization

Health care leaders must embrace a lifestyle of change in order to create the culture of a learning organization that is amenable to and supportive of innovation, adaptation, and change. Rogers’ diffusion of innovation theory can be used to create a significant conceptual framework for change. In this assignment, you will describe how health care leaders can use Rogers’ theory to create the culture of a learning organization.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly research sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text citation from each source be included.
  • You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

Directions:

Write a paper (1,000-1,250 words) that describes how Rogers’ diffusion of innovation theory can be applied to a health care organization to create within it the culture of a learning organization. Include the following in your paper:

  1. An overview of Rogers’ diffusion of innovation theory.
  2. A discussion of one other theory that could be used to guide an organization toward becoming a learning organization.
  3. A description of the characteristics and attitudes required for a health care organization to be considered a learning organization. What attitude should a learning organization take toward change?
  4. A discussion of which of the two theories discussed above may best guide the creation of the culture of a learning organization in a health care organization.

 

HCA 827 Topic 3 Benchmark – A Changing Community

A small, rural community has had, since its founding nearly a century ago, a stable population, including a steady median age and a relatively homogenous ethnicity. However, in the last 5 years, the area’s natural beauty and its suitability for outdoor activities have transformed the community into a tourist and recreational destination. This has created a fluctuating seasonal population of recreational visitors. As a result, the integrated health care system in the community is experiencing a rise in demand for emergency and urgent care. This is placing economic pressure on the health care system because of government regulation surrounding the delivery of emergency care regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. In this assignment, you will create a presentation for the board of the community health care system that outlines necessary changes and possible innovations to respond to the economic pressure of the demographic changes to this community.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly research sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text citation from each source be included.
  • You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.

Directions:

Create a presentation (10-15 slides with speaker notes for each slide) that outlines for the board of the community health care system described above a significant change or innovation that you believe is necessary to provide adequate services and impriove quality of care for this changing community. The presentation must include the following:

  1. A description of the change or innovation
  2. A rationale for the change or innovation. What demographic and/or other changes within the community have precipitated the need for your proposed change or innovation? What practical need will this meet?
  3. An analysis of the steps you will take to evaluate the change or innovation. When will these steps be performed? What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of the change or innovation?
  4. A description of the impact of the change or innovation on the governance and structure of the existing health care system. (Benchmarks 12.1: Analyze the governance and structure of health care institutions.)
  5. A description of the governmental regulations that influence the implementation of this change or innovation. How will quality of care be affected by the interaction of these regulations and the proposed change or innovation? (Benchmarks 12.2: Evaluate the influence of governmental regulations on quality of care.)

 

HCA 827 Topic 5 Benchmark – Economic Change and Staff Development

Changing economic conditions are commonplace in the current global marketplace. With these changing economic conditions come changes in the services needed. This leads, in turn, to a need for staff development to adequately provide these new services. This staff development must be fiscally sound in order for the organization to remain viable while preparing staff members to provide these services. In this assignment, you will interview a health care executive to determine how to navigate this uncertain terrain of economics and staff development.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • You will need to set an appointment of approximately 30 minutes with a health care executive. Plan well ahead to ensure that you can secure an appointment and have adequate time to complete the assignment.
  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly research sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text citation from each source be included.
  • You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

Directions:

Interview a health care executive at any type of health care organization. This should be done in person, by phone, or by video conferencing and not via email exchange. During the interview, ask the executive the following questions:

  • What was the greatest economic challenge you faced in your position over the last 5 years?
  • What changes were necessary as a result of that challenge?
  • What staff development strategies were used to equip staff to adapt to the required changes?
  • How was the staff development funded?
  • How did staff react to the change? What were the positives and negatives seen by the staff?

Write a paper of (1,000-1,250 words) that synthesizes the findings of your interview. Do the following in your paper:

  1. Identify the individual who was interviewed. Provide the individual’s name, company, title, and e-mail address.
  2. Summarize the challenge discussed in the interview.
  3. Summarize the changes that resulted from the challenge.
  4. Summarize the reaction of the staff to the changes.
  5. Provide a research-based evaluation of the changes that were made. Were they necessary and appropriate? Why or why not? Did the changes meaningfully contribute to the organization’s sustainability? Why or why not?
  6. Provide a research-based evaluation of the staff development that was conducted as a result of the changes. What staff development strategies were used? Were these appropriate? Why or why not? Was the staff development appropriately funded? Why or why not? (Benchmarks 12.3: Analyze strategies of fiscally sound staff development.)

 

HCA 827 Topic 7 Benchmark – Stakeholders and Sustainable Quality Care

Stakeholder feedback comes from a variety of sources in the contemporary, connected world including patient and employee perspectives as well as the views of community and government. There is a trend toward including patients on committees and boards, and the garnering of positive feedback is a primary component in pay-for-performance programs that utilize patient satisfaction data to distribute incentives to employees. In this assignment, you will describe what you believe the current academic research indicates is the ideal feedback group for a health care organization.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • This assignment requires that at least two additional scholarly research sources related to this topic, and at least one in-text citation from each source be included.
  • You are required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

Directions:

Write a paper (1,000-1,250 words) that describes what you believe the research indicates is the ideal stakeholder feedback group for a health care organization. Include the following in your paper:

  1. A brief description of the organizational setting and leadership structure.
  2. A description of the group’s size, structure, and composition. How many members will be in the group? How will the group be structured? To whom will the group report? What types of members will be sought?
  3. A rationale for the composition of the group. Why is each type of member included? How do inter-professional teaming and collaboration contribute to the composition of the group? (Benchmarks 12.4: Evaluate approaches to inter-professional teaming and collaboration.)
  4. A discussion of how the group will promote sustainability and quality care in the organization. (Benchmarks 12.5: Integrate sustainability with the requirements for quality care.)

 

HCA 827 Topic 8 Literature Review Resources

Successful completion of a doctoral dissertation requires significant amounts of independent reading on the research topic. By this point in the program, this reading should have allowed the doctoral learner/researcher to become familiar with the scope of the topic and to identify gaps or tensions within the existing literature on the topic. These gaps and tensions are now the focus of the dissertation research. In this assignment, you will read and annotate potential sources on your dissertation topic. Those demonstrating the most merit should be added to your electronic (e.g., RefWorks) list for potential inclusion in the literature review section of your dissertation.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • It is recommended that you engage in this activity throughout the duration of this course.
  • Instructors will be scoring your submission based on the number of unique sources identified in the list submitted.
  • Download the resource Literature Review Resources Tool and use it to complete the assignment.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • Refer to the resource, “Preparing Annotated Bibliographies,” located in the Student Success Center, for additional guidance on completing this assignment in the appropriate style.
  • You are not required to submit this assignment to LopesWrite.

Directions:

Read at least 10 empirical or scholarly professional articles on your dissertation topic.

In the “Literature Review Resources” document, provide the following for each source:

  1. The APA formatted citation.
  2. A brief annotation of the key points of the source.
  3. An indication of whether the source has been added to (Y) or excluded from (N) your electronic (e.g., RefWorks) list.

 

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