Unit

Financial Management

1. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 brought about major changes for the healthcare industry and many new challenges for hospitals, doctors, and other providers. Your textbook presents these impacts under 12 broad headings. Present and discuss any three of these important impacts, and discuss how you, as a healthcare administrator, will respond to these changes.

Response should be at least 200 words.

2. Describe the key elements of the Medicare cost report. Why is this report so important for hospital net revenues? Your response must be at least 200 words in length.

3. Describe the key issues associated with managed care and its reimbursement methods. How does managed care impact hospital net revenues? Your response must be at least 200 words in length.

4. List and briefly describe the most important areas of the healthcare revenue cycle. Your response must be at least 200 words in length.

5. A key aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is rewarding hospitals for strong performance and penalizing them for quality issues, such as high infection rates and high readmission rates to the facility. Explain the details of how PPACA rewards and punishes hospitals for their performance. Your response must be at least 200 words in length.

Berger, S. (2014). Fundamentals of health care financial management: A practical guide to fiscal issues and activities (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass

Communication skills

1. In the age of technology when there are multiple ways to communicate, do you feel that we are a society of better listeners, or have we gotten worse in this digital age? Has social media affected our listening skills? Do you have any improvements to suggest? Explain.

Response should be at least 200 words.

Beebe, S. A., & Mottet, T. P. (2016). Business and professional communication: Principles and skills for leadership (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson

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