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BUSI 510 LU US Demographics Impact Healthcare Discussion Replies

I need 2 replies 450 words must support assertions with at least two peer-reviewed source citations, one course text citation, and one biblical principle in current

Heidi ShaverFridayAug 25 at 12:17am

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Challenges Facing Healthcare

There are many challenges facing the healthcare industry currently and there are growing challenges for the future. Due to advances in medicine and technology, people are living longer. Because they are living longer, they will require long-term care as they age. The United States population has a current and increasing number of people who are uninsured and require health services. Another challenge for healthcare is meeting the required government rules, regulations, and mandates to get the greatest reimbursement for services. Lastly, the healthcare workforce is becoming more difficult to staff due to shortages of healthcare workers.

Aging Baby Boomers

Because the United States population is aging, there is a growing number of individuals over the age of 65. “The percentage of the population is projected to increase from 15 percent to 23 percent by the year 2060” (Harrington, M. K., 2021). Because of advancements in technology and medicine, this population will live longer and require care. There will be an increased need for long-term care homes and home health. There is and will continue to be a growing cost to pay for this care.

Uninsured and Underserved

The United States has a high number of people who are uninsured or underprivileged, who require the need for medical care These patients will require Medicaid or other assistance. Many of these patients will not seek preventative care, resulting in a higher number of visits to an emergency room. It is important now and will be a growing importance to educate this population on preventative health to begin to decrease the cost of unnecessary emergency room visits. One journal article stated that uninsured or underserved patients with end-stage renal failure do not have access to regular dialysis sites and end up having to seek emergent dialysis in an emergency room (Nourbakhsh, F., et al., 2022). This is a life-threatening situation and a challenge for the healthcare industry. Dialysis centers will need to be more accessible to these populations.

Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursements

Reimbursement from Medicaid and Medicare has become and will continue to be more challenging. According to our text, “Reimbursements are moving more toward a value-based payment system” (Harrington, M. K., 2021). This will require healthcare organizations to ensure all necessary steps are taken to get full reimbursement for services rendered.

Staffing Healthcare

There is a shortage of healthcare workers in the United States currently and the shortage is growing. This is a huge problem for healthcare facilities. Without qualified workers, healthcare is suffering and will continue to suffer. The shortage not only affects the healthcare system as a whole but also affects the staff. “The shortage of staff in the clinical facilities overwhelmed healthcare workers to such an extent that they would have to multitask to complete all the routine duties allocated by their superiors in the units” (Madolo, A. N., & Hloba, S. P., 2023).This increases the chance of burnout among employees.

Increase in Diversity

The United States has become more diverse in the past decade. The population of the United States is projected to continue to become more diverse. It is projected that the Asian, Hispanic, and Latino populations will continue to grow (Harrington, M. K., 2021). With an increase in diversity the need for healthcare staff to be educated on how to communicate and care for these populations increases. There is and will continue to be a growing importance to train and educate healthcare providers and staff to treat all patients with respect and equality. God’s word tells us in James 2:8, “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right”. “But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers” (New International Version, 2011, James 2:8-9). We are commanded to treat all of God’s people equally.

Conclusion

In all, healthcare managers and healthcare systems will continue to have challenges. The United States population is changing and continues to change. Through better education, better organization, determination, and hard work, healthcare can be delivered to all. 

Kendra RamlochanThursdayAug 24 at 4:42am

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For my discussion board post, I will be conferring about the reasons why and how the changes in U.S. demographics affect the healthcare industry. Before I actually discuss this I think that it’s good to address what demographics are. In the textbook, Organizational Behavior in Health Care claims that demographics are changing the healthcare industry significantly. For example, demographic factors contribute to how individuals status in health care and the engagement of healthy behaviors reflect the health care system.

According to Investopedia, demographics are what’s considered to be the statistics that give a description of populations and their characteristics which also in turn are separated by analysis and data. The analysis of demographics uses these factors which would include age, race, and sex. The demographic data which takes a focus on socioeconomic information that includes employment, income, birth and death rates. Now that there is an understanding of what demographics are we can now turn the attention back to the following questions that were asked earlier which were why U.S. demographics affect the healthcare industry and how those changes in U.S. demographics affect the healthcare industry as well.

Starting with the first question of answering the question, why does United States demographics affect the healthcare industry. The healthcare industry is divided into providing medical services and insurance as well as manufacturing medical equipment or drugs. When learning about what demographics are and how that pertains to the effects of the healthcare industry one could say that demographics contribute to how the healthcare industry runs. The reasoning behind my thought in this is due to the article I came across which would be from the Institute of Medicine that wrote in 1996 that the aging of the population affects the demand for all health care services that includes hospitals and long-term care. Older individuals have used more health services than that of younger adults because of the health care problems they may experience which in turn they are hospitalized more. In a recent article, the authors Kaneda and Greenbaum have suggested that while the demographic changes in population movement and urbanization may make it easier for viruses to spread, population aging makes us more vulnerable to them which in turn the changes in demographics affect the healthcare industry and will be more at risk to pandemics like when Covid-19 happened in recent events.

Now that I have answered and explained why demographics affect the healthcare industry, let’s look at the last question that will be discussed which would be how do these changes in demographics affect the healthcare industry. This comes into play when it’s known that both demographics and economics. With the use of technology the younger generations like to do everything online which can now be done with scheduling appointments and putting in prescription request refills which changes the health system and in turn demographics will see a shift and how older and younger generations handle technology. Technology becomes a driving force in the world of economics that continues the growth of the health system as a nation. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. The more they increased, the more they sinned against me; I will change their glory into shame. They feed on the sin of my people; they are greedy for their iniquity. And it shall be like people, like priest; I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds. They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the Lord to cherish (English Standard Bible, 2016).” 

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