This Paper Provides An Overview Of The Healthcare Environment

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This paper provides an overview of the healthcare environment and its financing in the U.S. and define acute care and long term care. It addresses three important issues. First, it provides a snapshot of how health care is currently financed in the United States, including the differences and/or similarities between Managed Care Organizations. The second part of the paper examines the current federal government programs and various types of access to health care available to every citizen. The third part of paper examines the implications nurses have in healthcare financing.
Healthcare in America is very challenging for many reasons. We can function better in our healthcare system despite the challenging surrounding it if we
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While acute care is usually confined to specialty providers, the providers of long term care are more wide ranging. They include traditional medical providers such as physicians and hospitals, formal community caregivers such as home care agencies, facility providers such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and informal caregivers such as friends or family members.

Understanding the classification of healthcare services in terms of acute and long term care enable us to plan for services, to describe institutions, and to allocate funding and reimbursement. In the United States, healthcare services provided by health care providers (such as doctors and hospitals) are paid for by the following including, private insurance, Government insurance programs, people themselves (personal, out-of-pocket funds). Additionally, the government directly provides some health care in government hospitals and clinics staffed by government employees. Examples are the Veteran’s Health Administration and the Indian Health Service.
In other to manage or curtail the ever rising healthcare cost in America, Managed Care was formed. The National Library of Medicine, defines managed care as programs or organizations “intended to reduce unnecessary health care costs through a variety of mechanisms, including: economic incentives for physicians and patients to select less costly forms of care; programs for reviewing the medical necessity of

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