Table-1 captures all these data. The ever-changing environment in healthcare requires strategic planning teams to address a handful of specific critical issues that will lead to success in the long term. In an industry as diverse and large as health care, Scripps Mercy will face many challenges but will need to avoid the temptation during the environmental assessment phase of its strategic plan. Zuckerman (2012) states, "Failure to produce a limited number of issues to address in subsequent planning activities almost always dooms the strategic planning process" (p. 43), too often healthcare is riddled with issues; an effective environmental assessment will condense these concerns in a solid and clear way. All the new upcoming changes in healthcare reform and technology will have Scripps Mercy face many challenges in information management, their demographic served, and staff recruitment and development.
A series of events has recently occurred to cause the passage of PPACA. Economics are explicitly linked to health care. In the United States, health care coverage is provided primarily through an employer-based system. This system began in the depression era when pay was federally frozen. Companies, in an attempt to lure scarce workers, used benefits packages including health care as bait. Described as a “uniquely American” “private social security” health care system, the employer-sponsored system is the “cornerstone” of United States health care system (Blumenthal, 2006). This system has left many un- or under-insured. Blumenthal states (2006), “The United States’ dependence on employer-sponsored insurance means that the protection of its citizens against the costs of illness depends directly on the ability of private businesses to manage and absorb health care expenses that have defied all efforts to contain them.” Recently, economic downturn and the need to reduce expenses to better compete on the global market has caused many companies to both reduce their insurance benefits package and their work force causing many to lose their health care coverage. The employer-based system merged with the economic downturn, unaffordable health care costs for businesses, and
The Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare or the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law in March 2010 and it has not been without its share of problems, debates and controversies. One of the main points of the debates and controversies with the PPACA has been the legality of the individual mandate. The individual mandate “requires that most Americans obtain and maintain health insurance, or an exemption, each month or pay a tax penalty” . The whole purpose of creating PPACA was to “achieve near-universal coverage and to do so through shared responsibility among government, individuals, and employers” and to be able to “improve the fairness, quality, and affordability of health insurance
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) signed into law by president Obama on March 23, 2010 is arguably the most extensive reform of health care law ever to be enacted in the U.S. It will impact the way professionals practice health care, the way insurance companies handle health care as a product, and the way consumers purchase and use health care as a service. The Affordable Health Care Act is primarily aimed at reducing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall costs of health care from an administrative and consumer standpoint. The PPACA requires insurance companies to cover all applicants and offer the same rates to all applicants of the same age
‘Over 105 million people living in America today no longer have to worry about having their health benefits cut off’ (Secretary WH) . Since enacted, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been able to provide for millions of lower and middle class Americans a
Legal Challenges to the Affordable Care Act Abstract The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also referred to as the "Affordable Care Act" or "ACA" or "Obama Care") is the major health care reform bill passed into law on March 23, 2010. The debates surrounding the PPACA have been volatile at times, and continue to be the most intense public examinations of any piece of legislation in our recent history. The affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is ripe for repeal. For the American public, there are ample reasons for dissatisfaction: higher costs; arbitrary and sometimes absurd rule-making; bureaucratization of an already overly bureaucratized sector of the economy; incompatibility with personal freedom and religious liberty; enormous spending and heavy taxation; and widely acknowledged design flaws, evident in the ACA’s hopelessly complex and unworkable subsidy schemes, boondoggle bailouts, and collapsing co-ops. Nonetheless, other ACA legal challenges were still facing the healthcare law. In December 2015, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing against the constitutionality of the employer insurance mandate within the Affordable Care Act. The law contains a number of experiments designed to drive down health costs, such as Accountable Care Organizations. The whole idea is to move the system away from paying for volume and toward paying for value. We still don't know whether that will happen. But it's fair to say that reducing the cost of health care will make it easier to expand coverage. The nation’s gains in health care coverage and delivery system design over the last several years have made measurable differences in the lives of millions of Americans. There are many ways to achieve a high-performing health system. But it’s critical that the nation remain committed to this goal.
The Next Steps for Accountable Care Organizations, Bundled Payments, and Health Reform The University of Texas at Dallas The American Health Care System HGMT 6320 The Next Steps for Accountable Care Organizations, Bundled Payments, and Health Reform With the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in March 2010, health care
There are currently 44 million Americans who were unable to obtain health insurance before the reforms because they could not afford the premiums or because they had a pre-existing condition. “Obama Care” is a tax funded government program which helps these individuals obtain insurance by expanding Medicare and Medicaid and offering cost assistance through health insurance market places. It also provides reforms to the health care industry iin order to cut health care costs and provide affordable health insurance to all. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or PPACA) originated as a Massachusetts law signed into effect
Entrance of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Due to the growing numbers of uninsured people, growth in medical debt and growing profit in healthcare corporations etc.., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted in 2010 to reform the health care system. To increase quality and affordable health care for all Americans, Title I of the PPACA strives to reform the health care system by giving more Americans access to quality, affordable health insurance, and helps to curb the growth of healthcare spending in the United States (“Affordable Care”, n.d.).
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) What the Act Offers The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act offers many healthcare benefits to a diverse group of American citizens. However, there are a few downsides as well. The major portions of the act deal with four primary issues:
Due to many changes in health service organizations’ internal and external environment, planning can be sometimes onerous (Longest & Darr, 2008, p. 366). Therefore, a well thought strategic plan will guide leaders and keep them focus on the organization’s mission. In health service organizations, strategic planning is emanated at the top level of the pyramid, then pass down to others in leadership positions (Longest & Darr, 2008, p. 366). A strategic planning process consists of many steps: a situational analysis, external environment analysis, internal environment analysis, strategy formulation, strategic implementation, and strategic control. As mentioned before, health service organization faced many challenges, a strategic planning not only helps with planning, controlling, and decision making, but it also allows management to analyze their strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities and threats. Again, the strategic planning process has proven to be effective when implemented by the entire organization.
Medical and Health Service Manager Overview Medical and health service managers also called healthcare executives or healthcare administrators, plan, direct, and coordinate medical
PPACA requires employer-sponsored health plans include minimum standards. However, PPACA requires employers who have more than 100 full time employees to provide seventy percent of their total employees with health insurance coverage (Obama Administration, 2014). After 2015, this requirement will mandate employers to provide health care insurance for ninety five percent of their workers (Obama Administration, 2014). For individuals who is employed by these companies, this requirement is an advantage, they are guaranteed access to health insurance. However, for individuals who are engaged in business with these particular companies for goods or services, this is a disadvantage because it is likely that the business will raise prices to cover
There is little distinction on how healthcare organizations conduct strategic assessment or the level to which strategic planning affects performances. Theories propose different explanations of the importance of strategic assessment in organizations. Reading numerous articles, shows no impact or changes on ways to view or think of strategic assessment. The use of strategic assessment is supported by many organizations, including healthcare. Organizations incorporate strategic assessment with marketing, others assign it to planners, and others distribute among the top management team. Which either ways, the ideal of assessing shows the organization’s willingness to achieve a goal. In this assignment, the use of SWOT concept is employed
Effective strategic planning and resultant implementation in current healthcare systems is a critical component of remaining viable in the present-day fluid healthcare industry. According to Tibergien (2013), strategic planning and implementation address the distribution of resources. In this manner, healthcare systems tackle weaknesses by asking how best to allocate resources