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Outsourcing Federal Healthcare

Early in their existence, many businesses handle their activities internally. As businesses mature and grow, they often find competitive advantage in the specialization provided by outside firms. This trend is particularly frequent in industries such as information technology (IT) and healthcare.

The U.S. federal government delivers healthcare through its two main insurance programs: Medicare and Medicaid. In these programs, private healthcare providers are reimbursed by government insurers for health services delivered to insured citizens.

  • Visit the Web sites of Medicare and Medicaid programs for more information about them.
  • Review the article, Outsourcing: Assessing the Risks and Benefits for Organizations, Sectors, and Nations” by Harland, Knight, Lamming, and Walker (2005). The conceptual framework in this article shows how corporate strategy is influenced by regulation under the decision node of policy issues (p. 844).

Based on your analysis of the article and the Web sites, address the following:

  • Identify the main stakeholders in the US federal healthcare system. In your view, what are their respective goals, wants, and needs with regard to public health?
  • Analyze the current status faced by the federal government in terms of the strategy being used in its healthcare system.
    • Identify strengths and weaknesses of the strategy as well as opportunities and threats (SWOT analysis) present in the external environment.
    • Propose a new policy to be implemented for optimizing the use of outsourcing in healthcare services to private hospitals and healthcare practices in order to provide medical services to the bulk of the US population. This policy should include the following objectives:
        • Lowering costs of the program to reduce federal spending
        • Providing highest quality treatment for the insured
        • Providing consumer-oriented choice
        • Lowering treatment costs for consumers
  • Based on your proposal of a new policy, describe the benefits for at least one stakeholder group you identified in the first question. Discuss how your outsourcing strategy objectives satisfy the wants and needs of the specific stakeholder(s).
  • Explain the likely outcomes of the outsourcing policy you recommended. Which stakeholder group benefits the most and which benefits the least? What are the strategic tradeoffs implied by your outsourcing recommendation?

Using SCRUM, DSDM, and Lean Software Development

Using SCRUM, DSDM, and Lean Software Development

Due Week 4 and worth 90 points

The following resources may be helpful when completing this assignment.

  • DSDM Consortium (http://www.dsdm.org/)
  • SCRUM tutorial at http://www.agilelogic.com/sp_resources.html
  • Agile Project Management and the Real World (www.diglib.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/01PMGLynema.pdf)
  • Lean Software Development introduction (http://www.projectperfect.com.au/info_lean_development.php)

There are a number of frameworks that have been used for agile development and project management. This assignment is to discuss how projects are planned and executed in SCRUM, Dynamic Systems Development Model (DSDM), and Lean Software Development. Using real-world examples in your assignment is highly desired. One way to do that is to relate any projects at your workplace or from your research and think about how you, as a project manager, would run the same project under those frameworks.

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

1.  Analyze how projects are planned and executed under the following frameworks and provide an example for each:

a. SCRUM

b. DSDMc. Lean Software Development

2. Highlight three (3) benefits and three (3) trade-offs for each of the following frameworks.

a. SCRUMb. DSDMc. Lean Software Development

3. Identify the potential obstacles for using the following frameworks and analyze the risks and issues associated with each of them.

a. SCRUMb. DSDMc. Lean Software Development

4. Suggest strategies from the perspective of a project manager to avoid the obstacles you have identified in question three and mitigate the risks associated with those frameworks. Provide three (3) real-world examples to support your suggestion.

5. Use at least four (4) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources. You may use the resources above or others of your choosing.

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:

  • Compare and contrast among agile coaches, Scrum Masters, project managers, and technical leads.
  • Analyze and differentiate among the different agile project delivery frameworks.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in advanced agile project management topics.
  • Write clearly and concisely about advanced agile project management topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Click here to view the grading rubric for this assignment.

The Critical Need for Information Security

The Critical Need for Information Security

Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

1.Identify at least three (3) benefits or key knowledge points that could be derived from using cyber-attack simulator systems and research, and suggest how this insight could assist in defining the needs for security within an organization.

2.Analyze and determine which sector, public or private, has greater insight on the potential of cyberattacks. Justify your answer by citing at least three (3) examples.

3.Suggest at least four (4) best practices that should be implemented when developing a cybersecurity strategy within a security enterprise. Then, evaluate the required roles and functions of Information Technology (IT) personnel that would be required to sustain these best practices.

4.Describe the role of planning when developing a cybersecurity strategy and what key deliverables would ensure an effective implementation and transition.

5.Suggest how public-private partnerships can strengthen cybersecurity efforts and effectiveness in a:

          a. Corporate environment

          b. Regional level

          c. National level

     6. 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:

•Evaluate the ethical concerns inherent in cybersecurity and how these concerns affect organizational policies.

•Describe the corollary roles of security in an enterprise.

•Describe best practices in cybersecurity.

•Use technology and information resources to research issues in cybersecurity.

•Write clearly and concisely about topics associated with cybersecurity using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Download and read the following articles available in the ACM Digital Library:

Bernier, M., Chapman, I., Leblanc, S. P., & Partington, A. (2011). An overview of cyber-attack and computer network operations simulation. Proceedings from MMS ’11: Military Modeling & Simulation Symposium. Boston, MA.

Maughan, D. (2010, February). The need for a national cybersecurity research and development agenda. Communications of the ACM, 53(2), 29-31.

Importance of Theory and Research in Child Development

Resources which will aid you in completing this journal assignment include Chapter 1 in your textbook, the “Endless Questions” video, and all relevant Instructor Guidance.

In a Journal entry of 500-1000 words, begin by reflecting on the phrase, “Well that’s what we did with my kids and they turned out just fine.”  Describe your own thoughts about this statement and explain why this may be true in some cases, but not in others.  Use personal experiences or examples to support your factual statements and opinions.

Then, watch the Endless Questions video analyzing child development research and find one additional scholarly source of your choice (see tips and a link to tutorials below) and use them to reflect on and answer the following questions:

  • Why is it important to utilize problem-solving techniques in exploring developmental issues, grounded in child development theory to explain and/or demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the children’s developmental continuum, from conception?
  • What makes scholarly research different from anecdotal evidence (or personal experience) in explaining child and adolescent development?  [Hint: Consider the methodology of the articles you are reading.]
  • Identify and briefly describe the key points of one theory and why you feel that theory is applicable to child and/or adolescent development.

Finally, relate the value of continued learning with a concluding reflection on why we should incorporate both personal experience and scholarly research grounded in theory to help support any statements made in this class or any other professional setting.

You are required to utilize at least one scholarly source (including, but not limited to, the multimedia in the required and recommended resources for Week One).  You must cite all of your sources (including the video embedded above) in proper APA style.  If you are unsure how to create an APA style reference page, please visit the Citation and Reference page on the Ashford Writing Center website. Aside from the video embedded in the prompt, you are to find one other scholarly through the Ashford Library website to help support your reflections in PART II.  View this great tutorial provided by the Ashford University Library which will show you how to find scholarly articles and how to assess the scholarly quality of the resource.

NOTE: As you are completing your searches in the library search engines, check the boxes in the search engines of the library for scholarly, peer-reviewed sources. This allows you to find resources that have been evaluated by a number of experts in the field and do not represent just one person’s opinion.

Training on Diversity Trends

As a new member of a top management consulting firm’s diversity team, one of your responsibilities is to conduct training on diversity trends. Consultants use this training in their management practices with Fortune 500 companies.

You are asked to lead a training session next week. The topic is “The Global Demographic Trends Impacting Diversity.” The training will be presented to mid-level managers in your firm. The purpose of the training is to inform the management consultants of the latest changes in worldwide demographics relative to five key diversity areas of interest and provide recommendations for managers on sustaining a diverse workforce.

Prepare a seven to nine slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on this topic. Include a discussion of the following:

  • Diversity Trends
    • Population trends
    • Working-age population movements
    • Racial and ethnic trends
    • Sexual-orientation trends
    • Gender trends
  • Impact of diversity trends and changes to the firm based on statistical data
  • Recommendation to the firm for sustaining a diverse workforce

Include detailed speaker notes with your presentation that fully explain each point and justification for your recommendations.

Use at least three resources to justify your responses. Apply current APA standards for writing style to your work.  Include a title slide and reference slide(s) in addition to the main slides.

The Future of Delinquency Prevention

Over the past five modules, you have learned about the origins, history, and trends of juvenile delinquency. You have also explored some of the theoretical explanations for juvenile delinquency and the way the juvenile justice system works in a practical sense to address delinquency.

Submission Details:

By Sunday, July 13, 2014, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your responses to the following:

  • Given what you have learned about delinquency, state your opinions about the future of delinquency prevention and control efforts. Do you see the juvenile justice system being used more to punish delinquents or rehabilitate them?
  • Of parents, courts, law enforcement, and educators, explain who you think will play the more prominent role in future delinquency prevention efforts.

 

By Wednesday, July 16, 2014, respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Consider using contradictions and counterexamples supported by class readings when responding. This can be done through questioning, disagreeing, redirecting, or asking your classmates to rethink what they have posted and why. Whenever possible, briefly mention which points you are responding to.

Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric

All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.

Assignment 1: LASA 2: Setting Minds at Ease

Here’s What Happened . . .

On the first of May this year, Centervale Police Officer Smith arrested Rosie Greene, a 15-year-old, for stealing several items from a local convenience store. This was just one of several incidents Rosie has been involved in this year. The majority of Rosie’s incidents have been centered on her schoolwork, fights, loitering, and truancy.

The principal has suspended Rosie several times from school. However, Rosie continues to engage in delinquent behaviors. Rosie’s arrest has been widely publicized in the newspaper and on television because Rosie ran from the police after they caught up with her while being truant from school and smoking behind a pizza shop.

You have been working with Centervale’s City Government to propose a plan to reduce juvenile delinquency and prevent further incidents of younger children becoming involved in delinquent behaviors as they grow up.

The principal has asked if you would help the School Board understand more about juvenile delinquency, the juvenile justice system, and particularly Rosie Greene’s situation to help them appropriately respond to parent’s questions and create a new policy. He has asked you to prepare a presentation for the Centervale City School Board’s next meeting.

Here’s What You Need to Do . . .

You are required to develop a 10–15 slide PowerPoint presentation with script for the Centervale City School Board. Use APA in-text citations and external sources that are referred to on a corresponding references slide and include the following:

  • Differentiate between the juvenile and adult justice systems by first defining the terms crimedelinquent act, and status offense. Because of the School Board’s familiarity with Rosie’s juvenile case, discuss the nature of her offenses by identifying which ones are crimes, delinquent acts, or status offenses.
  • Explain to the School Board the origin of juvenile rights and the process of juveniles’ rights while in custody. Address the concerns raised by the school board member who wondered what would happen to Rosie because she ran from the police. Did Rosie’s choice change her rights?
  • Compare and contrast juvenile rights to the rights of an adult under similar circumstances. Use Rosie’s case to illustrate to the School Board the similarities and differences of the juvenile and adult justice systems.
  • Summarize the juvenile courtroom process using Rosie’s case. Include Rosie’s rights, and identify the courtroom parties who will be present: lawyers, judge, etc. Predict a probable series of events for Rosie’s case and describe how the outcome might be different if Rosie were an adult.
  • Integrate in your presentation to the School Board your proposed Juvenile Delinquency Reduction Plan from LASA 1. Describe how the plan might address one or more of the issues presented in Rosie’s situation. Explain the steps in your plan that the School Board may find helpful in their plight to reduce juvenile delinquency throughout the Centervale School System.

 

Two police officers were patrolling in a high-crime neighborhood. They noticed a parked car with two people inside

Two police officers were patrolling in a high-crime neighborhood. They noticed a parked car with two people inside (a driver and a passenger). The officers saw a young woman leaning into the passenger’s window and handing the passenger an object, which they could not identify. At this point, they approached the car, and the woman began to walk away. One of the officers noticed the passenger making a shoving down motion, leading the officer to believe that the passenger might be armed. The officer drew his gun and shouted “let me see your hands.” After making more shoving down motions, the passenger complied. The officer reached into the car and touched a bulge in the passenger’s pocket. He felt large, hard objects which he believed to be rocks of crack cocaine. He then removed a plastic bag from the pocket. It contained several rocks of crack cocaine that, together with another rock found in the passenger’s clothing, totaled almost 100 grams. The passenger was arrested, but the driver and the woman standing outside it were not.

Should the passenger’s motion to suppress the seized evidence be granted? On a routine patrol, an officer noticed a parked car. Two people were inside, and they were in a high-crime area near a bar that was known for gang activity. In the past, the officer had responded to calls from the bar for everything from murder to public intoxication. The officer testified that he stopped to see if the individuals were committing a crime, lived in the area, or had some other concern. When the officer pulled behind the car and illuminated the car with his spotlight, he observed the passenger fumbling with something on the floorboard. As the officer was checking for identification, he noticed a bullet on top of the console of the car. The officer had the individuals step out of the car to ensure that they did not have any weapons. After frisking them for weapons, the officer looked in the area where he observed the passenger fumbling with something to see if he was hiding a gun. The officer said he was checking this area for his safety and to make sure that nobody would get hurt. The officer observed a 12-pack of beer on the floorboard and checked inside for a gun. When he moved the carton, he found a small bag underneath it containing a controlled substance.

Should the passenger’s motion to suppress the controlled substance be granted?

Marketing Plan for Sports Enterprise

Develop an 8-10 page marketing plan for a sports enterprise (e.g. professional, school, or community program). You can select a particular “real” enterprise or use a fictitious one. You will take the position of the manager and develop a plan that you will implement through your employees and/or contractors. You will make sure this program is feasible when assessing it from a senior management perspective.

Focus of the Marketing Plan

The plan will address the following:

  • Construct an overview of internal and external contingencies, describing at least two internal and three external contingencies and how they impact the sports marketing plan.
  • Justify market selection decisions including the psychological and sociological factors as influences. Include targeting and positioning of the product(s).
  • Generate a Sports Marketing Mix for your organization to address the promotion mix of advertising, public relations, sales promotion, and pricing.
  • Create a plan for the marketing process. Within that plan include a control phase and an implementation strategy. Any unique issues should also be addressed in this section, including the impact on facilities and any specific departments or segments of the organization impacted by the plan.

Writing the Marketing Plan

The Marketing Plan:

  • Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide.
  • Must include a cover page that includes:- Student’s name- Course name and number- Title of paper- Instructor’s name

    – Date submitted

  • Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must conclude with a restatement of the thesis and a conclusion paragraph.
  • Must use APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide to document all sources.
  • Must include, on the final page, a Reference Page that is completed according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide

Compare and contrast the differences and similarities between the federal, state, and local levels of law enforcement.

Write a paper answering the two essay questions. Each answer must be a minimum of 400 words for each answer. Total word count of 800 words for both answers. 1. Compare and contrast the differences and similarities between the federal, state, and local levels of law enforcement. Describe how each level uniquely operates. Use at least four processes and their application, to show the similarities and differences at each level of law enforcement.

Do not include salaries, job benefits such as retirements. Focus on the responsibilities, crimes they investigate and jurisdiction or area they cover. For example, state agencies cover the entire state. One example of a crime with shared responsibility is a bank robbery, a federal crime.

2. How did August Vollmer and other pioneers in law enforcement contribute to the development of criminal investigative techniques? List at least four techniques, and describe how they influence police operations. Describe in your own words where you think society would be without these techniques and which of these techniques is most important to you. Why?

Do not include a biography of Vollmer, his background, family, birth and death. Focus on his innovations for law enforcement. You have the option to add others, such as O.W. Wilson. The paper should contain a cover page and a list of references in APA format. Include references for all sources of information. Include a minimum of two references beyond the textbook.

Criteria: Ask yourself the following questions. Not Yet Yes Content Did you identify four or more police investigation techniques associated with police operations? Did you identify three different levels of police operations (local, state, and federal) and identify at least four processes showing how each level uniquely operates? Did you describe the application of at least four processes to three different levels of police operations? Did you compare and contrast at least four processes to three different levels of police operations, to determine both their similarities and differences?

Research Is your research current? Did you use at least two credible sources beyond the text material and validate those resources credibility? Did you discuss all the required areas in a substantive manner? Did you use appropriate reference material to support major statements?

Quality Is your content complete enough to address the topic and questions? Is there a logical flow to your ideas? Did you present the material in a clear and concise manner to provide easy readability?

Format Did you prepare your paper as a Word Document? Did you label your file correctly? Did you use APA format to cite your sources? Did you check your document for grammar and spelling? Did your paper meet the length requirements?

Lieutenant Colonel Yaron leadership style

1.Describe the leadership style that Lieutenant Colonel Yaron exhibited as the commander of a battalion for the evacuation operation. Provide three (3) examples of his leadership actions and behavior. Discuss the pros and cons in each example you describe to support the response.

2.Analyze the leadership style that Lieutenant Colonel Daniel exhibited as he took center stage to lead this complex military operation. Provide three (3) examples of his leadership actions and behavior, assessing the pros and cons in each example you describe to support the response.

3.Compare and contrast the leadership styles of Lieutenant Colonel Yaron and Lieutenant Colonel Daniel. Provide three (3) examples of the similarities and differences between these project leaders, and discuss how each leader might address contemporary leadership issues and challenges in Israel today.

4.Discuss Lieutenant Colonel Yaron and Lieutenant Colonel Daniel interrelationship using Jung theory and the four (4) personality traits. Provide three (3) examples of how Lieutenant Colonel Yaron and Lieutenant Colonel Daniel personality and leadership style might enhance or hinder team performance for the complex military operation in this case study. Your assignment must:

•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:

•Apply the concepts of project leadership to implement sound leadership practices and effectively lead high-performance teams in a project environment.

•Determine the most appropriate leadership style (e.g., directive, consultative, participative, or delegative) in a project environment to effectively manage the project.

•Analyze the project team using Jung theory and the four personality traits to understand human behavior and motivate team members

•Use technology and information resources to research issues in project management leadership.

•Write clearly and concisely about project management leadership using proper writing mechanics. Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills. Click here to access the rubric for this assignment.