need the discussion by wednesday and the powerpoint by friday


In an ideal health care delivery system, all patients would have access to affordable, high-quality health services that are well coordinated to ensure the continuity and comprehensiveness of care. In reality, patients may have vastly different experiences based on their health problem or injury, the organizations that provide services close to where they live, and how the health services they need are financed.

Consider, for example, a 56-year-old man who has a hemorrhagic stroke in a rural area of Alaska. What services will he need through the duration of his recovery experience? Where will he receive care? How will he pay for the services he needs? Now think about how his situation might compare to a 56-year-old man who had a stroke and lived in Houston, Texas. How might the two patients’ experiences compare in terms of care coordination and the continuity and comprehensiveness of services they receive?

This Discussion, which relates to your PowerPoint Assignment for this module, provides a forum for you and your colleagues to evaluate experiences patients may have with health care delivery.

For this Discussion, be prepared to describe one of the organizations/agencies you featured in your PowerPoint Assignment and discuss care coordination. As indicated in the Assignment instructions, if you are an international student, you may choose a geographic area in the United States or use your own location as the patient’s location. In addition, develop a brief description of your hypothetical patient (presented in the PowerPoint Assignment) that includes the patient’s primary diagnosis and location.

Note: You are encouraged to apply insights from your scholarly discussion with colleagues in this Discussion forum to strengthen the description and analysis in your PowerPoint presentation for the Assignment.

Post by Day 3 of Week 5 a substantive and cohesive response to the following:

  • Describe one organization/agency that would be involved in care delivery for your hypothetical patient. Provide specific details related to:
    • The geographic location in which it is located
    • The primary diagnosis of your hypothetical patient
    • Types of patients typically treated at this facility
    • Administration
    • Departments
    • Payment sources the organization accepts
    • Performance improvement efforts
  • Briefly identify other organizations/agencies with which your selected organization is likely to coordinate in order to provide optimal care.


To develop the content for your presentation, record detailed notes as you complete the following steps.

  • Review the information about the continuum and coordination of health services presented in the Learning Resources, including the HIMSS resource, Continuum of Care, and the tables in Chapter 1 of the course text.
  • Develop a brief description of a hypothetical adult patient who has a serious health problem or injury. Imagine this patient lives in your local area. If you are an international student, you may choose a geographic area in the United States or use your own location.
  • Use the pertinent information in Chapters 7, 8, 9, and/or 10 of the Shi & Singh textbook and conduct additional research of your own to analyze specific services your hypothetical patient might need, beginning with the onset or diagnosis of an illness or injury and concluding with an end-point of your choosing (i.e., recovery, symptom management, end of life). Also research the types of organizations that provide those services.
  • Investigate the health care organizations in your local area. Based on the services your hypothetical patient needs, select four or five actual settings in which he/she would receive care.
  • Next, gather information related to the types of insurance from which each organization accepts payment. Typically, this would include Medicare, Medicaid, and various types of insurance programs. What challenges do you anticipate your patient may have related to payment for services?
  • Review the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (2014) resource and consider what it means for health care to be safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. Analyze how the scenario you have created—with your hypothetical patient receiving services from actual settings in your geographic area—illustrates positive or negative attributes related to two or more of the six Institute of Medicine aims.
  • Next, prepare to create your presentation using PowerPoint. Examine the Presentation Guidelines and Tips and the Module 3 Assignment Template, both found in this module’s Learning Resources.
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