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HIM4670 Health Information Systems and Management

Unit 8 Assignment  

Leadership in the U.S. Health Care System

A well–functioning health care system, with all segments working in harmony, depends on all of the following: trained and motivated health care workers, a well-maintained infrastructure, a reliable supply of medicines and technologies, adequate funding, strong health places, and evidence-based policies (World Health Organization, n.d.). We know that the challenges facing the U.S. health care system are many. Health care services are costly and complex. Legislative, financial, and other market forces exert constant pressure on the system to change, adapt, and improve.

The U.S. health care system, one of the top five largest industries in the country, and HIM need individuals who are able to embrace and adapt to organizational change and new innovations. Theoretical frameworks help to provide lenses through which to view, make meaning of, and adapt to change. Developing a personal leadership and management philosophy is an important step for individuals who work in the vast, complex, and ever-evolving U.S. health care system. In addition, knowing how to be a good leader and a good manager, whether for others, or just for yourself, is key to making improvements in the health information management field that benefit everyone.

For this assignment, you will examine how you can apply leadership and management theories to address a market force or issue affecting HIM.

Reference

World Health Organization. (n.d.). Health systems: Key expected results. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/healthsystems/about/progress-challenges/en/

Demonstration of Proficiency

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assignment scoring guide criteria:

Competency 2: Analyze market forces that affect health care systems.

Analyze a selected market force’s historical context and its effect on the U.S. health care system and HIM.

Competency 3: Interpret theories of leadership and management for health systems and health information management.

Summarize a minimum of two leadership and management theories applicable to the U.S. health care system and HIM.

Apply a minimum of two leadership and management theories, or blend of theories, to a current market force issue affecting the U.S health care system and HIM.

Competency 4: Communicate in a professional manner.

Create an analysis paper that is clear, well organized, professional, and generally free of errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Include a minimum of five references to current scholarly and/or authoritative sources that adhere to APA style and formatting guidelines.

Instructions

For this assignment, you will analyze, in a 5–7 page paper, a market force of your choice that affects the U.S. health care system and HIM. You will also summarize a minimum of two leadership and/or management theories that pertain to the U.S. health system and HIM. You will then apply those theories to your selected market force to determine how they might help to improve or resolve the market force issue. Be sure to use correct health care and HIM terminology in your analysis paper.

Include the following headings in your paper and answer the questions under each heading:

Market Force Affecting the U.S. Health Care System and HIM (2 pages)

Why did you select this particular market force? Be sure to provide a detailed description of the market force in your answer.

What is the historical context surrounding this market force?

How does this market force affect the U.S. health care system and HIM?

Leadership and Management Theories to Address Market Force (2 pages)

What are the basic tenets of these management and leadership theories you selected?

Why did you select these particular leadership and management theories?

What intrigues you about them?

Application of Leadership and Management Theories to Address Market Force (3 pages)

How would these leadership and management theories (or a blend of them) approach the market force issue?

How could these leadership and management theories (or a blend of them) help to improve or resolve the market force issue?

Note: Feel free to tailor the headings in your analysis paper to your selected market force and leadership and management theories.

Additional Requirements

Length: 5–7 double-spaced, pages.

Font: Times New Roman, 12 points.

Citations and References: Include a minimum of five references to current, scholarly, and authoritative sources to support your statements and rationale. Be sure to follow APA formatting and style guidelines for citations and references. For an APA refresher, consult APA Style and Format, linked in the Resources.

Writing: Create an analysis paper that is clear, well organized, professional, and generally free of errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

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