Write your responses to both discussion questions as a 3- to
4-page Microsoft Word document using APA format and citing all references.
Discussion Question 1
How has the US government's continued expansion as a third-party
payer influenced the cost of health services? Do you feel entitlement programs
and reimbursement have exacerbated the financial crisis in the nation's
healthcare delivery system? Why or why not? Will the measures contained in the
PPACA mitigate the escalating healthcare costs? Respond by fully explaining
whether it will or will not. Are there other contributing factors to achieving
or not achieving this goal?
Discussion Question 2
Explain which changes in the healthcare delivery system
influenced the overuse of emergency department services. Investigate the
Emergency Medical Treatment and Leave Act (EMTALA) as part of the Consolidated
Omnibus Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and explain the health policy and factors
precipitating the enactment of the legislation and the mandate of the law.
Briefly explain the purpose of a hospital's uncompensated care pool, including
how it is funded. How will the PPACA affect the notion of uncompensated care?