Forum 2 (Module 2)
Topic: Foundation of U.S. Health Care Delivery
What purpose does an understanding of the history of health care
delivery serve? Which factor or factors have been predominant in shaping
U.S. health care? What have been their effects?
Forum 3 (Module 3)
Topic: Health Care Providers and Professionals
Compare and contrast 2 of the following major types of health services
professionals: physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, physician
assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives. Include
their roles, training, practice requirements, and practice settings.
Forum 4 (Module 4)
Topic: Health Care Technology and Finance
Although medical technology brings numerous benefits, what have been
some of the main challenges posed by the growing use of medical
technology in the United States? Next, how do American cultural beliefs
and values influence the use of medical technology?
Forum 5 (Module 5)
Topic: Health Care Systems - Part I
Define outpatient care. What are several key changes that have been
instrumental in shifting the balance between inpatient and outpatient
services? Why is it important for hospital administrators to regard
outpatient care as a key component of their overall business strategy?
Forum 6 (Module 6)
Topic: Health Care Systems - Part II
Explain the growth of managed care that began in the 1980s. As a
result, how has health care delivery evolved? Based on the literature,
what does the future hold?
Forum 7 (Module 7)
Topic: Cost, Access, and Quality
Choose 2 different vulnerable and underserved populations. Describe
their health needs, and summarize the major challenges they face. Next,
what are the racial/ethnic minority categories in the United States?
Compared with Caucasian Americans, what are the health challenges
Forum 8 (Module 8)
Topic: The Future of Health Services Delivery
Prompt: Explain why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 will fail to bring about universal access, even if it prevails.