Healthcare Center Of High Standards

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Hospitals, long term care facilities, and mental health all serve as healthcare arenas serving the population in various ways. The hospital provides the most critical type of care, for the seriously ill. Hospitals originally served the poor and ill, but over time with the progression of technology and medical service specialties, they have grown to become healthcare meccas with many outlets. Over the past 30 years the degree of rigor of clinical practice and the scope of scientific knowledge has escalated greatly, and the hospital has become a center of high standards, scientific applications, and advanced technological capability (Williams & Torrens, 2008). The increasing shift of services to an ambulatory care arena facilitated by technological advancement itself has left the hospital with an evermore complex base of patient care, higher acuity, and higher costs (Williams & Torrens, 2008). Markets have changed, pricing pressures have increased, and consumer and payer expectations have evolved for hospitals, changes are constant in the medical arena, and hospitals are no exception. Long term care facilities and programs are defined as health, mental health, residential or social support provided to a person with functional disabilities on an informal or formal basis over an extended period of time with the goal of maximizing the person’s independence. Services change over time as the person’s and caregivers’ needs change (Williams & Torrens, 2008). The goal of long-term care is to help people achieve functional independence, in contrast to the goal of acute care, which is to cure (Williams & Torrens, 2008). Long term care is typically catered to those who do not have the ability to take care of daily living activities for th... ... middle of paper ... ...e. Delivering high-quality patient care requires a range of complementary strategies and multifaceted and multilayered interventions (Vaux, Went, Norris, Ingham, 2012). My ideas would contain models for improvement in healthcare facilities and offer blind need based care in some instances. Looking into offering the best care and keeping the patient’s health first, without looking to see what will be gained financially will help lead healthcare down a road to recovery. The pros of the plan would be better service and care to all patients in certain circumstances regardless of insurance status. The conss to this would be funding. After services are performed, the financial obligation still exists. Overall hospitals, long term care facilities, and mental health institutions are growing in their own rights, but there are still lots of changes that will need to be made.
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