Describe the role of the hospitalist today, and discuss some trends in this new profession.

Chapter 2: Benchmark Developments in U.S. Health Care

Chapter 3: Hospitals: Origin, Organization, and Performance

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DQ

One cannot be involved in U.S. health care for very long these days without hearing the term “integration.” Specifically, we hear a great deal about “horizontal integration” and “vertical integration” of health care services. So, what do these terms really mean? Do you feel that such integration represents positive change for health care delivery in our country? Why, or why not?

Case Study

Go to http://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/home/ , and search for “Hospitalists shorten hospital stays and improve patient care.”

Part 1: As you see, there is a major new trend in American medicine—an entire new professional physician group known as “hospitalists.” Currently the American public has a very poor understanding of what a hospitalist is and what role he or she performs in patient care. Describe the role of the hospitalist today, and discuss some trends in this new profession.

Part 2: Hospitalists are a rapidly growing new professional group in American medicine, and they are changing everything about how medicine is practiced in the inpatient setting. But is there any evidence to suggest that hospitalists are having a positive impact on hospital care? Report your findings.

Assesment

Question 1

The term “special interest group” sometimes has negative connotations in American politics. As we look at the special interest groups in health care, we realize that several of them have positively shaped and driven forward the medical care in our nation. Dr. Sultz presents five key special interest groups in health care. Select any one of these five groups, and explain its role in modern health care.

Your response should be at least 200 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

Question 2

The early years of American hospitals were characterized by a very top down model, which might be succinctly described as “doctor’s orders.” What the doctor said was considered correct, and seldom did a nurse or patient even think about questioning the doctor. However, recent decades have seen a shift in this regard, and we now have an increasing emphasis on patient rights. What are some of the most important patient rights in your view? How do we make sure that both patients and staff are aware of these rights and honor them?

Your response should be at least 200 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

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