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Write a 3-4 page paper explaining which health care industry stakeholder group your managerial health care career fits.

Introduction

This assessment offers an in-depth study of the structure of the U.S. health care system. It explores the current stakeholders within the health care system and studies basic information regarding inpatient and outpatient service delivery structures. This will provide you with an understanding of how the current U.S. health care delivery system is structured and operates.

From there, investigate the quality of health outcomes experienced by the population this system serves. Data collection regarding health care indicators and outcomes support industry efforts in both preventing and treating disease. Research and tracking efforts continue to expand as prevention plays an increasingly important role in health care management strategies. Data provided by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) offers the opportunity to compare health statistics and assess the U.S. health care delivery system from an international perspective. You will discover evidence supporting the case that, although the U.S. spends the highest per capita on health care in the world, the U.S. health indicators are lower compared to countries that spend less. This is a major driver behind the current health care reform efforts.

Preparation

Now that you have studied so many aspects of the structure of the current U.S. health care system it is important to consider where in this intricate and complicated framework your career choice may be centered.

In the U.S. health care system, there are distinct categories of stakeholders. Personally, you are a stakeholder as a consumer of health care products and services. Your career will likely align with one of more of the following stakeholder groups:

  • Hospitals.
  • Nursing and residential care facilities.
  • Physicians and other health care practitioner practices.
  • Home health care services.
  • Outpatient care centers and ambulatory health care services.
  • Laboratories.
  • Government.
  • Insurance companies.
  • Educational and training organizations.
  • Research organizations.
  • Professional organizations.
  • Pharmaceutical companies.

Choose one disease or disorder to explore in depth for this assessment. Investigate current health indicators and outcomes from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Healthy People.gov, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Be sure to also research current related information on this disease or disorder using The Wall Street Journal, as well as other online resources, including those you subscribed to earlier in the course.

Conduct research on each of the following topics using The Wall Street Journal, the Capella University Library, and other online resources:

  • Current stakeholders within the U.S. health care system.
  • Basic information regarding inpatient and outpatient service delivery structures.
  • How health care is financed in the United States.
  • Impacts of managed care on the U.S. health care system.

Use the following U.S. government websites to investigate health indicators and outcomes and explore one disease or disorder to explore in depth:

Be sure to also research current information on the disease or disorder you are investigating using your WSJ account as well as other online resources, including those you subscribed to earlier in the course.

Requirements

Write a 3–4 page paper addressing the following:

  • Explain where your managerial health care career fits in the health care industry stakeholders list provided above (or it may be part of a different stakeholder group).
  • Describe how a disease or disorder is related to or affects this specific stakeholder group.
  • Compare U.S. health indicators or outcomes for the disease or disorder to those of another country within the OECD—or a different country outside the OECD.
  • Discuss a possible reason for the difference, referring to a political, economic, cultural, or consumer-driven force.
  • Describe a current example of information and a perspective on health care options or efforts related to your health care sector and this disease or disorder.

Include APA-formatted citations and reference for all your sources.

Refer to the scoring guide to ensure that your work meets the grading criteria for this assessment.

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