Month: September 2014

Management in Healthcare Services

Write 400 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. use examples to reinforce your ideas.

There are very few industries that have the unique economic factor in which the majority of its revenue does not come directly from the customer, but from a third party. This unique economic factor is usually referred to as a private health care insurance company. Third party payers are the commercial, governmental, and health care maintenance insurance companies that help providers manage its patient’s accounts.

To increase referrals, Krona is beginning to develop a new marketing campaign to target a new patient mix and increase revenues, something that you discussed in your last Individual Project. You have been asked by the chief financial officer (CFO) to collaborate with the marketing director and discuss the importance of having advertising materials for both the health insurance companies and the patients who receive the health care services.

  • List 3 marketing approaches you would use to target potential patients and health care insurance companies.

  • Explain what factors you used in choosing your specific marketing strategies and the purpose of each selection.

  • Find a way to be unique and to add value by bundling services.

  • Some marketing strategies may include the following:

    • Direct marketing

    • Television

    • Telemarketing

    • Market to customers and referrals

      In addition, you recognize that your contribution to the organization would improve if you joined an association for health care management professional. Choose 1 association that you feel would increase your knowledge in finance, auditing, compliance, or other related area, and discuss the benefits that your affiliation with that organization would bring to Krona Hospital. Also, provide a brief history of the organization, and discuss if they offer professional certification.

Current and Future Economic Issues Impacting Healthcare Sector      

Use the Internet or Strayer online databases to research five (5) of what you believe to be the most important and pressing economic issues that confront the United States healthcare industry today and will continue to do so into the next decade.

Provide a review of these issues in a ten (10) page paper in which you:

  1. Provide a detailed description of the issues that you have researched.
  2. Analyze the most significant economic effects of the researched issues on healthcare industry. Provide at least two (2) examples of these issues to support your response.
  3. Suggest specific strategies that relevant entities / stakeholders may use to address the selected issues from an economic perspective. Justify your response.
  4. Determine the strategic manner in which the United States can apply best economic best practices from other countries in addressing these issues.
  5. Assess the likelihood of government and or private sector effectively addressing the issues.
  6. Use at least ten (10) current references. Five (5) of these references must be from current peer-reviewed sources to support and substantiate your comments and perspectives.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

Whole Foods Market, Inc.- Financial Performance Analysis

Assignment 3: LASA 1: Whole Foods Market, Inc.

Review Whole Foods Market, Inc.’s 2010 Annual report, company information and investor information (see the link: Whole Foods Market, Inc. Investor Relations in the Webilography) and write a 5-7 page paper following APA guidelines which addresses the following:

  1. Summarize the company’s financial performance for 2010. Do you think they satisfied stockholder expectations? Why or why not?
  2. Explain three business risks or threats that might threaten Whole Foods ability to accomplish their financial goals for the next 3 years. Use examples and references to support your response.
  3. Describe three examples of control activities Whole Foods Market, Inc. could use to minimize these risks.
  4. What is your overall impression of Whole Foods Market, Inc.’s annual report? Is it a financial accounting document or a managerial accounting document? Who is the target audience? Did the annual report present a positive or negative image of the company? Provide support for your responses.

Webliography Link:

Whole Foods Market, Inc. Investor Relations

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company/investor-relations.php > [7/30/2014]

Whole Foods Market, Inc. Investor Relations

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/investor-relations

Logic Models for Program Design and Development.

Logic models provide a framework for program design, development, and implementation. They help us understand the big picture of our programs, and they serve as a roadmap to help us achieve our goals and meet our outcomes.

For this assignment, create your own logic model using a health issue and prevention strategy of your choice. The model can be as simple or as complex as you’d like it to be, but it must provide a graphical representation of your program elements. In designing the logic model, please be sure to include the following required components:

  • Inputs
  • Activities
  • Short-term outcomes
  • Mid-term outcomes
  • Long-term outcomes

You may also include the components below:

  • Purpose or mission of the program
  • The context, conditions, or situation under which the program will be offered
  • Assumptions association with the planned program
  • External factors that could influence program success
  • Description of the evaluation of the proposed program

In addition to presenting your logic model, be sure to identify the health promotion program you have chosen, as well as the health issue you hope to improve. Consider how you will implement, evaluate, and manage this program to improve the overall health of the community.

Employers have been coming up with innovative employee rewards to boost morale and acknowledge employee needs for creativity and personal goal accomplishment. .

Employers have been coming up with innovative employee rewards to boost morale and acknowledge employee needs for creativity and personal goal accomplishment. Some of the latest potential employee rewards include using the Internet at work for personal reasons such as shopping, communicating with friends, or personal finances; bringing a pet to work; instituting a controlled napping policy, and the sports and office betting pools.

Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:

  1. Determine how innovations in employee benefits can improve the overall competitive compensation strategy of the organization.
  2. Explain how innovative benefits could be tied to specific jobs.
  3. Critique the effectiveness of equity-based rewards systems versus those with more creative approaches.
  4. Discuss the key elements of integrating innovation into a traditional total rewards program.
  5. Recommend a process that optimizes an employee-based suggestion program to continually refresh the total rewards of the organization.
  6. Use at least five (5) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not quality as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

: Evaluation of the Agency’s Budgeting and Cumulative Report

  • Due Week 10 and worth 290 points

    As a consultant, you need to develop an in-depth analysis and evaluation of the selected agency’s budgeting and then provide recommendations for improvement. Therefore, you will conduct interviews with agency representatives and research-related academic sources and Websites. The analysis will be read by the VP of Accounts and Client Support as well as by the leaders of the agency for whom you are working.

  • Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

    1. Analyze the agency’s (or department’s) budget by following these six (6) steps and including the results of the analysis in your paper by: (a) identifying the agency’s budget as executive department or an independent agency; (b) determining which of the appropriation subcommittees has jurisdiction over each agency’s budget request; (c) determining where each agency’s operations fall in the functional classification of the federal budget; (d) determining the budget authority and outlays proposed for the agency; and (e) determining the actual outlays and budget authority for the agency in that year. (Title this section Budget Overview.)
    2. Analyze two (2) major political influences on and primary accountability areas required of program administrators after reviewing FY2012 regarding mandatory and discretionary budgets. (Title this section Budgeting Assessment.)
    3. Explain which intergovernmental agency, or agencies, contributes to and / or influences the budgetary decisions for the current and future budget over the next five (5) years. (Title this section Analysis of Budgeting Plans and Actual Expenditures.)
    4. Analyze the impact of international policy making on the current year’s budgets and possible impact on future budget line items. (Title this section Implications of Foreign Policy.)
    5. Recommend two (2) robust ways in which the agency could improve the budget for the next fiscal year. (Title this section Budget Request and Recommendations.)
    6. Provide proof of one to two (1-2) interviews by submitting the completed interview form with a list of questions for and r
    7. sponses from each interviewee. (Put this in the Appendix under Interview Forms.)
    8. Provide four to five (4-5) relevant and credible outside resources that support the content of this assignment. (Include no more than one (1) non-government Website.)

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The sections must have appropriate titles. The cover page, interview forms, reference page, and the appendices are not included in the required assignment page length.

 

Variable Costing Case Assignment

Managerial accounting emphasizes short-term profit analysis, so the income statement is very important. Consequently, we’ll examine and discuss income statements in this first case. The assignment for this module is divided into two parts:

Part I:

Use the background material and Internet to answer the questions below.

Discuss and analyze the difference between managerial and financial accounting. Pay particular attention to:

  • How is managerial accounting different from financial accounting?
  • Comment on the different needs and use of financial information for internal purposes.
  • The managerial accounting profession and its role in today’s business environment. How has it changed over time?
  • Comment on the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. How is it different from the CPA certification?

Part II:

You may want to complete the SLP before addressing the questions below.

  • Explain the main differences between the absorption and contribution (behavioral, variable) income statements. Will net income always be the same under the two approaches? If not, explain the difference.
  • Comment specifically on why companies feel the need to create yet another income statement in a different format. What information can the company gleam from this approach which is helpful as a tool in the decision making process.
  • Explain situations in which break-even analysis can be a useful tool. Explain the break-even formula and provide a specific example using numbers for a product with which you are familiar. Reasonable estimates are adequate. Don’t forget to include the source of the information.

The Service-Oriented Architecture

Due Week 10 and worth 160 points

The Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) strategy allows businesses and organizations to offer their products and services to customers and trading partners using a standards-based integration protocol. Web Services depends on SOA for delivery. SOA uses Extensible Markup Language (XML) to exchange data and information to its products and services consumers. One of the SOA characteristics is that the integration is loosely coupled, thus simplifying integration.

Write an eight to ten (8-10) page paper in which you:

  1. Analyze five (5) ways in which SOA reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO).
  2. Examine five (5) ways in which using XML enables data and information exchange between clients and servers using Web Services in an SOA environment.
  3. Compare and contrast the loosely coupled architecture to a tightly coupled architecture in terms of TCO, maintenance, and implementation issues.
  4. Analyze three (3) advantages and three (3) disadvantages of using a standards-based integration strategy.
  5. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the benefits and risks of service oriented architecture.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the integration of enterprise systems with inter-organizational partners.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in enterprise architecture.
  • Write clearly and concisely about enterprise architecture topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Planning an IT Infrastructure Audit for Compliance 

Due Week 10 and worth 200 points

The audit planning process directly affects the quality of the outcome. A proper plan ensures that resources are focused on the right areas and that potential problems are identified early. A successful audit first outlines what’s supposed to be achieved as well as what procedures will be followed and the required resources to carry out the procedures. Considering your current or previous organization or an organization you are familiar with, develop an IT infrastructure audit for compliance. Chapter 5 of the required textbook may be helpful in the completion of the term paper.

Write a ten to fifteen (10-15) page paper in which you:

  1. Define the following items for an organization in which you are familiar with:
    1. Scope
    2. Goals and objectives
    3. Frequency of the audit
  2. Identify the critical requirements of the audit for your chosen organization and explain why you consider them to be critical requirements.
  3. Choose privacy laws that apply to the organization, and suggest who is responsible for privacy within the organization.
  4. Develop a plan for assessing IT security for your chosen organization by conducting the following:
    1. Risk management
    2. Threat analysis
    3. Vulnerability analysis
    4. Risk assessment analysis
  5. Explain how to obtain information, documentation, and resources for the audit.
  6. Analyze how each of the seven (7) domains aligns within your chosen organization.
  7. Develop a plan that:
    1. Examines the existence of relevant and appropriate security policies and procedures.
    2. Verifies the existence of controls supporting the policies.
    3. Verifies the effective implementation and ongoing monitoring of the controls.
  8. Identify all critical security control points that must be verified throughout the IT infrastructure, and develop a plan that include adequate controls to meet high-level defined control objectives within this organization.
  9. Use at least three (3) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the use of standards and frameworks in a compliance audit of an IT infrastructure.
  • Describe the components and basic requirements for creating an audit plan to support business and system considerations.
  • Describe the parameters required to conduct and report on IT infrastructure audit for organizational compliance.
  • Analyze information security systems compliance requirements within the User Domain.
  • Analyze information security systems compliance requirements within the Workstation and LAN Domains.
  • Design and implement ISS compliance within the LAN-to-WAN and WAN domains with an appropriate framework.
  • Explain information security systems compliance requirements within the Remote Access Domain.
  • Explain information security systems compliance requirements within the System / Application Domain.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in security strategy and policy formation.
  • Write clearly and concisely about topics related to information technology audit and control using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Risk and Quality Management

 Risk and Quality Management Assessment Summary Grading Criteria and Sample Executive Summary located in the Center for Writing Excellence

  • Navigate to the Center for Writing Excellence in the University Library.
  • Under Writing Resources, click Tutorials & Guides.
  • Under Samples, click Sample Executive Summary.

Risk and quality management provide different methods, tools, and techniques to health care organizations to ensure that they provide quality health care. Leaders in a health care organization have hired you as a consultant to help assess the organization’s current status and define a future plan for providing quality health care.

Select an organization type in the health care industry as the basis for this assignment. The organization may be your employer or a health care organization of particular interest to you. Types of health care organizations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hospital
  • Nursing facility
  • Physician office
  • Emergency medical services
  • Managed care organization
  • Home health care
  • Community health department or provider
  • Pharmacy
  • Laboratory
  • Drug manufacturer
  • Medical device manufacturer
  • Durable medical equipment supplier
  • Electronic medical records software suppliers

Research the key concepts of risk and quality management in health care and the factors that influence risk and quality management for your chosen type of organization.

Research the relationship between risk management and quality management.

Write a 1,750- to 2,100-word executive summary in which you complete the following:

  • Describe your chosen organization.
  • Describe the purpose of risk and quality management in health care organizations in general and in your chosen organization.
  • Describe the key concepts of risk and quality management in your chosen organization.
  • Explain steps the organization may take to identify and manage their risks.
  • Identify at least three typical or actual risks in the organization. Describe how the risks might negatively affect the quality.
  • Identify at least three internal and external factors that influence quality outcomes in the organization. Describe how these factors might negatively affect quality outcomes for the organization.
  • Outline at least three of the organization’s long-term goals and at least three short-term goals.
  • Identify at least three fundamental risks and quality management policies that should be implemented and how they will influence health outcomes.
  • Explain the relationship between risk management and quality management in the organization and how these two disciplines complement each other.

Include at least four sources, two from the University Library and two from either the course textbooks or this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. Prepare a reference list of all resources and websites used in your research.

Format the executive summary and reference list consistent with APA guidelines.

Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.