HLT 305 Topic 2 DQ 4
Given the changing health care system, a current hot topic in the health care profession that would challenge my standards of practice, as both an individual practitioner and as a member of an interdisciplinary team, would be to determine the best possible course when I have patients who cannot avail themselves of my services for various reasons. It is my opinion that each patient deserves access to the same quality of care regardless of any barriers they may face. In order to overcome this challenge, I believe it is vital that everyone work together to come up with solutions to help those in need.
A hot topic in the health care profession is how we will adapt to provide state-of-the-art care in a rapidly changing system that has become more focused on profit rather than on the best interest of patients. Nurses are patient advocates, so it’s crucial that we find the courage to stand up for patients and defend our ethics under unethical or dangerous environments. I would overcome this challenge by doing research to stay current regarding the best standards of care and continuing my education so that I can grow professionally as a nurse and advocate
With health care constantly changing, there are a lot of topics that challenge our standards of practice. The most relevant one right now is finding a balance between ensuring the confidentiality of patient’s personal health information and ensuring that physicians have a way to access this information in emergency situations.
What if you could design a health care system that wasn’t reactive and focused on treating disease, but rather was proactive and focused on helping patients achieve the best possible health? The cost of health care is rising rapidly, not just in absolute terms, but also relative to other spending categories. One reason for this increase is that the traditional fee-for-service payment model incentivizes providers to deliver as much care as possible. This model may contribute to overutilization and poor quality outcomes. Primary care physicians are accountable for overall patient health and wellness, therefore it is important to stay informed about current healthcare topics and standards of practice in order to provide evidence based information in support of changing the healthcare system from one that focuses on treating disease to a proactive model that provides tools to lower the cost of healthcare and help patients achieve optimal health.
The changes to the health care system are making it harder for people to afford their health insurance. That is a tough challenge that many health care professionals face due to their personal views and idealism. I believe it’s important to remain professional and keep those emotion out of your daily practice. While I may not always agree with the decisions being made, I think it is my ethical responsibility as a student in this program to present my patients with both options and recommendations based on the current laws that govern our profession.
One of the biggest challenges for health care professionals is the ever-changing healthcare system. The Department of Health and Human Services has a lot of programs to increase access to health care and insurance, but the Affordable Care Act is leading the charge with its primary goal to provide affordable health insurance for everyone.
The current hot topic is the cost of health care versus the value of health care. Health care must change to be outcome based with measures and solid data to support all decisions and interventions. Interventions, procedures and medications must have evidence based proof that they are not just effective, but cost effective. Cost effectiveness can only be determined if there is a systematic way to analyze outcome data so that it can be compared with other interventions. The challenge is to have a universal electronic record for the population that can receive, store and connect with all other health systems and databases. There must be completeness with no gaps or missing links so there will be access to all information from any location. There must be a way to demand quality standards as well as align protocols so delivery of evidence based data is part of the delivery
The health care system is improving from day to day. The new health care system makes possible for many individuals getting health coverage. Although the new changes in the health care system have numerous benefits one of the challenges that we anticipate would be increased costs of health care due to benefit payments and high cost of medications. Increasing medication costs make it hard for sick people who cannot afford to pay for their medications.
Health care costs are out of control, and they will continue to rise given the growing demand by an aging population and the increasing numbers of people with chronic illness. I would approach that challenge through my leadership skills. I have a reputation in my department for being a good leader, having effectively implemented several new policies that expanded access to care while keeping costs down.
Given the many changes to health coverage, patients are facing increasing economic hardships. With limited budgets and resources, they must make difficult choices about their care. This means that we need to learn how to overcome barriers to offering optimal care (for example, by improving communication with patients about their disease, treatment options, and medications) and find innovative ways of delivering high-quality care (for example, by collaborating with pharmacy technicians and nurses to provide direct patient monitoring and coaching).