Healthcare 1

1. The demand for healthcare administrators has gone up substantially over recent decades, as has the salary range for the position. The job of managing healthcare facilities has become more challenging and more important than ever before. How would you describe the dual purpose of financial management in health care today?

Your response must be at least 200 words in length.

2. Consider the Ridgeland Heights Medical Center (RHMC) actions presented on pages 11 and 12 of your textbook. The medical center is trying to counter a dwindling inpatient census at the facility. What do you think of the three strategies proposed here? Can you think of any other strategies that RHMC should consider here?

Your response must be at least 200 words in length.

3.Consider the big picture of our American economy with health care being an important part of it. How does the large share of American gross domestic product (GDP) that we spend on health care each year impact our nation’s economy overall? What other areas of our economy may currently be suffering because of so much medical spending? In your view, can America continue to spend this much money on health care without sacrificing the quality of American life in other areas? Why or why not? Please support your position.

Your response must be at least 200 words in length.

4. Preparing for the annual healthcare facility audit is a major undertaking. It consumes a considerable portion of the CFO’s time and energy each year.

Review the items presented in Exhibit

1.3 of your textbook, and consider which of these areas might be most susceptible to adjustments by the auditors. What can the facility’s management team do to reduce audit adjustments in these areas?

Your response must be at least 200 words in length.

Berger, S. (2014). Fundamentals of health care financial management: A practical guide to fiscal issues and activities (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Project 3:  Icelandic Freeze 

 

Instructions

Project 3: Icelandic Freeze

In the third assignment, you have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the ethical practices in a business related to wages.  You will research and identify the ethical issue presented in the case scenario, identify the ethical dilemma associated with the presented case scenario and assess the scenario in terms of ethical relativism and moral universalism.

Read the Case Scenario

Josh Garrett is Head of Packaging and Distribution at Biotech Health and Life Products (Biotech).  Josh is in charge of all of the branches the company has throughout the world.

Josh has been reviewing cost reports for the different branches.  He is concerned with some of the results.  His main concern is with the rising costs of unskilled labor at the Germany branch.  Many of the employees in the Packaging Department are classified as unskilled laborers making minimum wage.  Josh decided to research the matter further and found that the current US federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which has not changed since 2009.  Interestingly, the German government recently raised its minimum hourly wage by 4% to 8.84 euros per hour ($9.79 – USD).  This information weighs heavily on Josh since another raise would be costly for the company.

Adding to the concern about the increase in unskilled labor costs is that distribution costs between Europe and North America have risen considerably.   The shipping crisis of 2016 has caused cargo costs to rise for all transatlantic routes and with the demise of the low-cost flight service of Air Berlin, cost in Germany have increased.

Josh is a great outdoorsman and loves Iceland.  It occurred to Josh that relocating the majority of the Packaging and Distribution Department from Germany to Iceland and setting up a distribution center would solve these problems because production and distribution costs would be lower in Iceland.  Iceland is the halfway point in the transatlantic route.  The new location would eliminate the need to ship long-distance hauls.  Josh also knows that Iceland is one of the poorest countries in Europe so if part of the business is moved to Iceland, he will receive the credit for job creation in the country.

Josh decided to research Iceland as a potential location.  His research showed:

  • All professions are exempt from minimum wage;
  • Salaries are determined by collective bargaining agreements with most professions paying 260,000 and 300,00 ISK or $2,600 – $3,000 a month; 
  • Salaries are higher due to contributions to universal health care coverage;
  • The cost of living is higher than many other European countries;
  •  The average wage in Iceland is approximately $3160 before taxes per month for a full-time worker; 
  • Income tax is 37.3 percent for most people.  However, income tax is higher for those workers who earn higher wages.

Josh had not expected the higher salary base but further research showed that Josh could improve the rate considerably by hiring young people between the ages of 15 and 18 who could work up to 40 hours a week since mandatory schooling ended at age 16.  Josh believed he could negotiate a much lower salary.

Iceland’s teenage unemployment is higher than the country’s overall unemployment.  Hourly costs are quite a bit higher than in the United States and slightly higher than in Germany.  However, Josh believes the change in logistics will cut distribution costs in the Canadian and Germany branches, and will more than make up for increase in labor cost.   

Josh also has a desire to help the young people of Iceland.  He believes he is being socially responsible in cultivating one of the poorest European countries and its low wage earners.

Josh decides to go ahead and move most of the German production and distribution business to Iceland as well as open a new distribution center.  In moving to Iceland, Josh decides to exclusively staff young workers and let the workers go before they reached the age of 19 prior to the time when the worker’s contract had to be renegotiated.

In Iceland, employees fall within one of two classification, young workers and adults.

A young worker is anyone under the age of 24.  An adult is a worker over 24.

Young workers include youth, children and adolescent workers.

  • Youth are those under 18 years of age.  
  • A child is an individual under the age of 15 and still in compulsory school.  
  • An adolescent is an individual under the age of 15 but not in compulsory school.

Young workers are subject to restrictions dependent upon the type of work, the work environment and times worked.

Youth unemployment tends to be extremely high.  Youth can only work part-time since a person must be 18 years of age to work full-time.

Josh’s plan came under dispute when two recent lay-offs brought his employment practice to the attention of the staff who believed that Josh’s employment practices were unethical.  The workers feel Josh is trying to use the system to avoid paying workers a fair wage and stopping workers from gaining full-time employment since after the age of 18, a worker’s contract must be renegotiated.

If the matter is not quickly settled, the workers will go to the Collective to ask for higher wages and request a guarantee of full-time employment when they reach the age of 19.

The workers have also questioned the company’s policy of paying different wages for the same job in different worldwide locations.

The company has always had a policy of ensuring fair wages dependent upon the country in which the company operates.  However, if workers go to the Collective, the company will have to pay more money than is reasonable for unskilled labor costs, and will compromise the move to Iceland.  Josh knows the higher labor cost will negatively affect the company financially.  Added to his concerns is that he knows that unskilled workers within Biotech make different wage amounts, especially in Germany, Mexico and the United States.  In these locations, wages are much lower.  Josh thought to himself, “is it fair that the workers in other countries are making so much less than the workers in Iceland?”

Instructions

Step 1:  Write the Introduction

Create the introductory paragraph.  The introductory paragraph is the first paragraph of the paper and tells a reader the main points covered in the paper.  To help you know how to write an introduction, view this website to learn how to write an introductory paragraph:  http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/donelan/intro.html

Step 2:  Answer the following

Assume Josh’s employment practices are unethical.

  • Explain the meaning of an ethical issue;
  • Identify and explain the ethical issue in the case scenario using the course material to support the reasoning and conclusions made;
  • Identify the one ethical issue in the case scenario that is irrelevant to the case scenario.  Explain why.
  • Identify and explain the ethical dilemma.  Use the course material to support the reasoning and conclusions made;
  • Define ethical relativism and moral universalism;
  • Does this case scenario illustrate ethical relativism or moral universalism? Explain why or why not.

Training Program

Creating a Training Program to Address a Workplace Issue  For this assignment you will work with other assigned members in the course on a team project. A majority of tasks accomplished within an organization are the result of teams working together. However, working on a team with varied personalities, backgrounds, education levels, and levels of experience can be complicated. While everyone has the mutual concern of benefiting the organization overall, they also retain various personalities differences that can make this collaboration a varied process overall.   The team will agree on and select a workplace issue, i.e.; working with an unreasonable supervisor, merging with another organization, conflict management, miscommunication, high attrition rates, high absenteeism rates, etc. Once the team has selected a workplace issues, you will be required to develop a training program on how to resolve this issue. The training program will include a PowerPoint presentation and one activity for trainees to complete during the training. The core elements of the training program that you will be evaluated on will include;  •A PowerPoint presentation to conduct the training •A detailed overview of the workplace issue •Identification of the target audience, for example; the finance department is having issues with miscommunication therefore the target audience for the training would be the finance department, attrition in the organization overall therefore the target audience would be senior management, working with an unreasonable supervisor therefore the target audience might be general employees.  •A minimum of three detailed suggestions to overcome the issue, maximum of 5 detailed suggestions.  •Include a team-building activity within the training session. Outline the purpose, steps within the activity, and the desired outcome(s). Team-building activities are often used within organizational training sessions to increase trust, stimulate communication, and encourage collaboration. One of the key elements of the training activity should be focused upon communication and determining common aspects of personality traits among participants and identifying ways to overcome barriers of differences within personalities.   The PowerPoint presentation will need to be between 20-30 slides. The team-building activity can be addressed within the PowerPoint, however the detailed outline of the activity will be submitted separately as a Word document, minimum of one page.

Your Philosophy Of Education

What is your philosophy of education (Perennialism/ Essentialism/ Progressivism/ Existentialism/ Social Reconstructivism)? Cite the relevant philosophers and ideas discussed in your text and/or examined in class. How will your philosophical perspective impact your teaching style? How will your teaching placement modify your philosophy? How do your personal values, political proclivities, class consciousness, racial perspectives, and historical insights influence your outlook? Why is it important to have a philosophy of education?

Structure/Organization:

Double-spaced, word-processed, 1-inch margins, 12-point font.

Conventions: Spelling, usage, paragraphing, and sentence structure.

Length/format: Appropriate to question (5 pages).

Completeness: Thorough discussion compact crystallization”)

The writing should be scholarly, but natural, unforced, and shot through with wit, passion, delight, and/or intrigue.

There should be an engaging “sound” to the writing, a contrast in sentence length and cadence. It doesn’t plod; it has lilt. Thus, “write for the ear.”

(You can find a pdf of the textbook online in case you need to use it – (*Ornstein, A.C., Levine, D.U., Gutek, G.L., & Vocke, D.E. (2017). Foundations of Education. (13th ed.) Boston: Houghton Mifflin)

Traditional Training Methods

Based on the scenario, assess key roles of the lecture / discussion training method as it applies to today’s virtual era. Provide examples from the scenario and the textbook to support your rationale. Analyze two to three specific benefits that students can derive from the addition of audiovisual enhancements to traditional training methods.

Scenario:

 

CASE EVOLUTION OF TRAINING AT MR. LUBE

In 1979, Clifford Giese had become so frustrated with the amount of time it took to get his fleet of vehicles serviced that he created a drive-through oil change system. His first store opened that year, and by 1984, there were 45 stores. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Giese sold the rights to the Mr. Lube trademark to Imperial Oil Limited (Esso), and by 2003, the number of corporate stores and franchised outlets had grown to 87. However, this growth created new challenges for maintaining the consistent high quality and customer-focused service across the widely distributed network. The success of the Mr. Lube operation depended on a high level of competence from a relatively young and geographically dispersed workforce. The technical aspects of the industry were becoming increasingly sophisticated, making training a key component in Mr. Lube’s strategic thinking. In 2002, Senior Vice-President Bill Tickner did not feel that the paper-based training system that had developed over the history of the company could meet the demands of the current workforce and company configuration. The training manuals contained all the correct information about how to service a vehicle properly, but he didn’t feel that employees were actually reading the voluminous training manuals and technical bulletins distributed to each of the stores and franchises. Additionally, there was no reliable and easy way to ensure that the employee actually understood and retained the information. How could he ensure that every employee across the country had the competencies needed to meet Mr. Lube’s standards, while keeping the cost within reasonable limits?

Health Information Documentation Management

Unit III Essay

Data Entry at the Point of Care

After reading the required chapter on Data Entry at the Point of Care, compose an essay that addresses the following.

Begin your essay with an introduction explaining the purpose of the essay.

Differentiate between lists and forms.

Explain the term review of systems (ROS). Describe the functions of the ROS button located on the Toolbar.

HTH 2305, Health Information Documentation Management 2

Discuss the components of subjective objective assessment plan (SOAP) charting for the following scenario, and include the list and forms that may be used.

Scenario: A 21-year-old female has come to the physician complaining of chest pains with shortness of breath. She says she has been wheezing and coughing for one week. Her vital signs are P-150, B/P – 150/100, R – 60, T – 99.6. Following a physical examination, the physician decides she has been experiencing tachycardia and has seasonal asthma. The physician gives the medical assistant an order to administer a breathing treatment using the nebulizer and 2.0 mg of albuterol sulfate. Then the medical assistant is to take the female’s vital signs again.

Close your essay with a conclusion section that sums up your thoughts.

Your essay must be at least two pages in length, and you must use at least your textbook as a source. Other sources may be used as needed. Any information from a source must be cited and referenced in APA style, and your paper should be formatted according to APA guidelines.

communication

Communication in the virtual workplace can be a challenge to navigate for employees, managers, and customers alike. It can also be a rewarding experience with many benefits.

Resource: University of Phoenix Material: Basic Communication Model

Select three business-related messages you have sent or received virtually.

Compose a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper that will analyze your selected virtual communication messages using the communication process. The analysis should include the following:

  • Describe the purpose, sender, receiver, message, environment, technology/virtual communication channel, noise, and feedback.
  • Explain what virtual communication channel was used to deliver the message, and appropriateness, given the environment and purpose.
  • Explain how noise in the message was complicated as a result of virtual communication.

Note: The use of first person is acceptable in this assignment.

Format your assignment according to appropriate course level APA guidelines.