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Discussion 1: Healthcare Trends

Discussion 1: Healthcare Trends

Health care administrators must proactively plan for changes that alter the health care environment. Trends that affect health care delivery are varied and arise from many different sources, such as the emergence of new technologies, changing patient and workforce demographics, economic fluctuations, and policy developments. In this Discussion, you and your colleagues will investigate trends that are likely to play a pivotal role in the ongoing transformation of health care delivery.

Choose one of the following topics on which to focus for this Discussion:

·         Prevention and wellness

·         Aging population

·         Consumerism

·         Accountability and governance

·         Transparency

·         Cost containment

·         Technology

·         Collaboration

·         Medical tourism

Review the information provided on the websites included in the Learning Resources, and conduct additional research using the Walden Library and credible websites to assess current trends related to your selected topic.

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

·         Analyze trends related to your selected topic, including insights you have gained from the literature.

General Guidance on Discussion Posts: Your original post, due by Day 3, will typically be 3–4 paragraphs in length (not including references) as a general expectation/estimate. Refer to the Week 7 Discussion 1 Rubric for grading elements and criteria. Your Instructor will use the rubric to assess your work.

Required Resources


·         Shi, L., & Singh, D. (2015). Delivering health care in America: A systems approach (6th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

o    Review Chapter 13, “Health Policy” (pp. 510–531)

o    Review Chapter 14, “The Future of Health Services Delivery” (pp. 538–564)

·         Buescher, B., & Viguerie, P. (2014). How US healthcare companies can thrive amid disruption. Retrieved from

Use the following resources to examine health care issues/trends for the Discussions this week:

·         American College of Healthcare Executives. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from

·         American Hospital Association. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from

·         California Healthcare Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from

·         The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from

·         Medical Group Management Association. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from

·         National Institutes of Health. (n.d.). Health information. Retrieved March 27, 2015, from

·         National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). Retrieved March 27, 2015, from

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