Hsa 500 Assignment 3 Essay

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HSA 500 Assignment 3

1. Describe the differences between nonprofit and for-profit hospitals
The Non-profit hospitals were established for charitable purposes and tend to be larger, and are more likely to be teaching hospitals. They also are responsible and accountable to the communities they serve. They are governed by leaders of the communities they serve. Earnings received from the non-profit hospitals are reinvested to improve quality and care provided at the hospitals, and also invested in community programs, such as providing no fee or discounted fees to the uninsured and low income for health care services. Non-Profit healthcare organizations mission is to serve communities by providing healthcare without regard for a
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The specialty hospitals focus on such areas as cancer and heart disease as well as profitable fields like orthopedic surgery. The specialty hospitals show an increase of being owned partially by the physicians who practice in them. Concerns raised by the physicians’ ownership of the specialty hospitals include but not limited to are that the financial incentives will affect the treatment decisions and also that the physicians will treat the less complicated but yet more profitable health care cases and leave the biggest burden of caring for the less fortunate, financially challenged and uninsured individuals to the community and public hospitals.
Another trend that has occurred within the hospital sector is in the field of technology. Technology has shaped the physical and operational structures of hospitals, has affected the lives of patients and families, and has provided a delivery vehicle for physicians in clinical practice. Technology has led to development “increased specialization, clinical practices, expansion of specialized services, new medical and surgical specialties, and treatments for many diseases for which little curative or other care could be provided”.
Academic medical centers are another trend that occurred within the hospital sector. Academic medical centers comprises of medical

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