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HCA 421 Week 1 DQ 1 (Basic Strategy)

HCA 421 Week 1 DQ 2 (Internal Audit of Strategic Assets)

HCA 421 Week 2 Assignment Competition in Healthcare

HCA 421 Week 2 DQ 1 (Strategic External Assessment Industry and Competition)

HCA 421 Week 2 DQ 2 (Market Segments)

HCA 421 Week 3 Assignment The Future Direction of Health Care (Five challenges)

HCA 421 Week 3 DQ 1 (Profits and Revenues)

HCA 421 Week 3 DQ 2 (Organizational Mission)

HCA 421 Week 4 Assignment Communication in the Planning Process

HCA 421 Week 4 DQ 1 (Implementing Strategy)

HCA 421 Week 5 Assignment (Research Paper) Strategic planning and evaluation of the organization (Mayo Clinic)

HCA 421 Week 5 DQ 1 (Strategic Financial Management)

HCA 421 Week 5 DQ 2 (Student’s Choice)

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HCA 421 Week 1 DQ 1 (Basic Strategy)

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Basic Strategy; Describe the key dimensions of an organizational strategy as well as how they would, or would not, be relevant to the “strategic mindset” or the ability to think “strategically” of an organization’s management. Do you think these are learned or innate traits?

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HCA 421 Week 1 DQ 2 (Internal Audit of Strategic Assets)

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Discussion 2

Internal Audit of Strategic Assets; Compare and contrast strategic “resources” and “competencies” and identify what role (if any) licensed health care providers in an organization play in the competitive advantage of a health care organization.

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HCA 421 Week 2 Assignment Competition in Healthcare

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One of the trends marking the continuing transformation of the U.S. health care industry is the dramatic increase in the pace of competition. The heightened competition is taking place among hospitals, among health plans, among physician groups, among drug companies, between physicians and hospitals, and between hospitals and health plans.

Prepare a three- to five-page paper that includes the following:

· Description of the different forms of competition that take place in health care amongst the various types of health care organizations.

· Evaluation of the benefits and pitfalls of competition in health care and suggest alternatives if competition were not the prime drivers of operations in the U.S. health care system.

· Explanation of the essence of successful competition and the use of competitive intelligence.

· Description of the influence competition has on the services offered by health care organizations and the choices patients have.

Your paper must be three to five double-spaced pages (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of two scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five years. One source must be obtained from the Ashford Library and focus on competition health care. All sources must be documented in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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HCA 421 Week 2 DQ 1 (Strategic External Assessment Industry and Competition)

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Discussion 1 Strategic External Assessment: Industry and Competition; Describe Michael Porter’s Five Forces Model. What does he attempt to explain? How might the forces function and affect industry profits?

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HCA 421 Week 2 DQ 2 (Market Segments)

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Discussion 2 Market Segments; If the movement toward “consumer-driven health care” continues to advance, speculate on how a health care organization may want to improve the way that it assesses and interacts with its market and customers, including providing health services and programs to meet the needs of a diverse
 population. Reflect on how this development may (or may not) affect those who are already under-served in a market. Must be at least 300 words and have two recent scholarly references.

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HCA 421 Week 3 Assignment The Future Direction of Health Care (Five challenges)

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In a three- to five-page paper:

a. Describe a minimum of five challenges from the list below that are defining the future strategic direction of health care.

· Proposed health care reform and legislation

· Information technology advancements including the electronic medical, or health, record (EMR/EHR)

· Accreditation, quality of healthcare, and organizational compliance

· Economics, including third party payers, future funding, rising costs, the Medicare and Medicaid programs

· Access to health care including the uninsured and those in the poverty levels

· Public entities in controlling the demand aspects of health service

· Market shares and advancing age of population

· Maintaining a skilled workforce

· Pay for Performance

b. Describe how an organization can adapt its direction and strategies accordingly.

Your paper must be three to five double-spaced pages (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of two scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five years. One source must be obtained from the Ashford Library. All sources must be documented in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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HCA 421 Week 3 DQ 1 (Profits and Revenues)

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Profits and Revenues; Explain the four fundamental ways in which a business can grow its revenues and profits. Then, describe the five generic types of growth strategy available to individual SBUs. Hypothesize what metrics a program executive might use to monitor these strategies. Must be at least 300 words with two recent scholarly references.

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HCA 421 Week 3 DQ 2 (Organizational Mission)

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Organizational Mission: Explain, in your own words, the terms “mission,” “vision,” “goals,” and “values” statements. What is the practical purpose of a statement of organizational values? Under what circumstances should an organization consider changing these — if at all? How do they play into the strategic direction of an organization? If you are a departmental manager, how do you implement and sustain these in your organization? Must be at least 300 words no outside references needed.

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HCA 421 Week 4 Assignment Communication in the Planning Process

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Explore the role of communication in the strategic and program planning processes in a health care organization. Consider the topics discussed (both in the text and in the discussions) thus far and clearly integrate at least five of them into your presentation (with applicable reference and citations) along with challenges and recommendations for any organization to succeed in their strategic and program planning processes through communication.

Your paper must be three to five double-spaced pages (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Utilize a minimum of two scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources that were published within the last five years. One source must be obtained from the Ashford Library. All sources must be documented in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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HCA 421 Week 4 DQ 1 (Implementing Strategy)

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Implementing Strategy

Discuss which is more important — the formulation of a strategy or its implementation — as well as the tribulations associated with your choice. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings.

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HCA 421 Week 5 Assignment (Research Paper) Strategic planning and evaluation of the organization (Mayo Clinic)

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Focus of the Research Paper

For your Research Paper, you will choose one of the health care organizations listed below and conduct an analysis of their strategic planning and evaluation of the organization in an eight- to- ten (excluding title and reference page) paper.

You should utilize any and all information available about the organization. Examples of valid sources can include, but are not limited to, organizational websites, annual reports, personal interviews with organizational leadership, investigative reports, government reports, and conference transcripts. Your Research Paper must include a minimum of five of the key areas, concepts, and strategies outlined throughout the text. These include, but are not limited to:

a. Internal and external assessments

b. Competitive marketing analysis

c. Identification of stakeholders

d. Overview and assessments of services provided

e. Competencies and resource

f. Public entities and regulatory requirements

g. Demographics served

h. Strategic financial planning

i. Financial and operational outcomes

j. Current and future direction of the organization of choice, etc.

Health care organizations of choice are:

· Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

· Tenet Health System

· Mayo Clinic

· Henry Ford Health System

· Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

· Children’s Miracle Network

· Deborah Heart and Lung Center

· Medtronic

· Veterans Health Administration (VHA)

· National Institutes of Health (NIH)

· Planned Parenthood

· Indian Health Service (IHS)

· Health Markets

Writing the Research Paper

The Research Paper:

1. Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

2. Must include a title page with the following:

a. Title of paper

b. Student’s name

c. Course name and number

d. Instructor’s name

e. Date submitted

3. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.

4. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

5. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

6. Must use at least five scholarly sources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford Online Library.

7. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

8. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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HCA 421 Week 5 DQ 1

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Describe the four primary purposes of a professional strategic financial management function in an organization. Further elaborate on how reimbursement, supply and demand, contractual adjustments, patient mix, regulatory legislation etc. may influence (or not) these purposes. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings

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HCA 421 Week 5 DQ 2

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Five weeks and the information read and discussed. Present to the class a topic that has not been covered in class that you find important to the course material, one that applies to you professionally, or one that is perplexing to you for further exploration.