For the field of healthcare administration, healthcare leaders and administrators may contribute to the public policy process by advocating for and implementing policy changes to enhance delivery goals for an HSO while also benefitting the HSO’s patient population. Yet, within the public policy process, how do healthcare leaders best engage in the process?
There are four steps in the public policy process: 1) identifying a problem, 2) formulating a policy, 3) implementing the policy change, and 4) evaluating the result. While the steps identified here are simplified, they do present a cycle or sequence that healthcare administration leaders may act upon to influence public policy. Consider how healthcare leaders might have contributed to the public policy that brought about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). At what step in the process might have healthcare administration professionals contributed their perspective in designing or implementing this law?
For this Discussion, review the weekly resources and consider how healthcare leaders might influence the public policy process. Consider what healthcare leaders must do to maximize the business and healthcare delivery goals of an HSO.
Post a description of how a healthcare administration leader might influence the public policy process to the advantage of a health services organization or other professional association. Be specific and provide examples.
The market forces are dominant towards transforming American health care system. However, public policy still remains a vital attribute in many sectors of market. A concrete focus on total reform at the national and state level along with desperate public purchasing plans have cemented a constant pressure on the insurers and the providers to compete with each other. For the future development of the public policy in health there is a need for proper health policy initiatives. These health policies will be determined in majority by whether the new market forces fulfill the requirement of the insured and their agents-health professionals for affordable, accessible and high-quality health care units. Secondly, the ability to answer will incline on whether the policy makers employ useful tools to dodge the failures in the every-changing health care environment under which several old policy tools are out-dated or there lies question of relevancy (Dunn, 2015). The development of new tool will promote better information.
Health care administrator leader must first recognize the pitfall of any existing health care policy via accessing the overall impact of the policy in the mass. After the successful identification of the non-reactive policy, the health care leader must formulate a new policy based on the drawbacks of the previous policy (Blumenthal & Collins, 2014). Then come the implementation of the policy at the mass level. This can be done via implementing the policy in both rural and urban hospitals and then ascertaining the positive outcome. This positive outcome can then be calculated via evaluating the final results of the policy over the mass.
Blumenthal, D., & Collins, S. R. (2014). Health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act—a progress report.
Dunn, W. N. (2015). Public policy analysis. Ebook. Routledge. 5th edition.