As a graduate student and health care administrator, you must be able to research a critical issue or situation and present your findings in a compelling manner. For this Assignment, as well as this module’s Discussion, you will examine the continuum of care a patient may need and research the services available in your area to support the patient.


Note: During the Module 3 Discussion, you will share some of the information for this Assignment with your colleagues.


To develop the content for your presentation, record detailed notes as you complete the following steps.


• Review the information about the continuum and coordination of health services presented in the Learning Resources, including the HIMSS resource, Continuum of Care, and the tables in Chapter 1 of the course text.


• Develop a brief description of a hypothetical adult patient who has a serious health problem or injury. Imagine this patient lives in your local area. If you are an international student, you may choose a geographic area in the United States or use your own location.


• Use the pertinent information in Chapters 7, 8, 9, and/or 10 of the Shi & Singh textbook and conduct additional research of your own to analyze specific services your hypothetical patient might need, beginning with the onset or diagnosis of an illness or injury and concluding with an end-point of your choosing (i.e., recovery, symptom management, end of life). Also research the types of organizations that provide those services.


• Investigate the health care organizations in your local area. Based on the services your hypothetical patient needs, select four or five actual settings in which he/she would receive care.


• Next, gather information related to the types of insurance from which each organization accepts payment. Typically, this would include Medicare, Medicaid, and various types of insurance programs. What challenges do you anticipate your patient may have related to payment for services?


• Review the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (2014) resource and consider what it means for health care to be safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable. Analyze how the scenario you have created—with your hypothetical patient receiving services from actual settings in your geographic area—illustrates positive or negative attributes related to two or more of the six Institute of Medicine aims.


• Next, prepare to create your presentation using PowerPoint. Examine the Presentation Guidelines and Tips and the Module 3 Assignment Template, both found in this module’s Learning Resources.


The Assignment


Download and save the Module 3 Assignment Template, found in this module’s Learning Resources. Use the template to create a succinct and engaging PowerPoint presentation. Include the following:


• Title slide


• Introduction slide


• 7 slides* in which you:


ü  Introduce the patient, health problem/injury, and geographic area.


ü  Describe the continuum of care, including specific services from four or five actual settings in your local area.


ü  Describe a potential challenge related to payment for services this patient may encounter.


ü  Explain how this example illustrates positive or negative attributes related to two or more of the six Institute of Medicine (IOM) aims.


o    Sources slide*


ü  List all resources (a minimum of 4) used to develop your presentation.


*Apply the design principles included in Presentation Guidelines and Tips to develop a professional presentation.


• On your content slides, use a combination of text, photos, graphs, maps, links to websites, color contrasts, and/or other visual elements to convey the information.


• Create presenter notes of a few sentences to accompany each slide in a way that supports (rather than duplicates) the information presented visually.


Your presentation must be written in standard edited English. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this module’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. See the rubric in the Course Information area for additional requirements related to research and scholarly writing/presentation.




Resources to use




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


o Chapter 1, “An Overview of US Health Care Delivery” (p. 3, Table 1–1, “The Complexity of Health Care Delivery”; p. 16, “Continuum of Services”; p. 17, Table 1–2, “The Continuum of Health Care Services”)


o Chapter 7, “Outpatient and Primary Care Services” (pp. 250–284)


o Chapter 8, “Inpatient Facilities and Services” (pp. 291–327)


o Chapter 9, “Managed Care and Integrated Organizations” (pp. 335–361)


o Chapter 10, “Long-Term Care” (pp. 377–408)



Examine Tables 1–1 and 1–3 to identify the types of organizations involved in the continuum of care, as this will inform your work in the Discussion and the Assignment. Read sections of the other text chapters as needed to learn about the specific settings you are addressing in your Discussion postings and the Assignment.


• HIMSS. (2014). Continuum of care. Retrieved from


• Institute for Healthcare Improvement. (2014). Across the chasm: Six aims for changing the health care system. Retrieved from


Select and read two or more of the following resources to support your Discussion postings and/or Assignment.


• Dunn, L. (2013). The acute-care continuum: The future of hospital-based care. Retrieved from


• The Joint Commission. (2013). Transitions of care (ToC) portal. Retrieved from


• Patel, K. (2013). Containing health care costs: Recent progress and remaining challenges. Retrieved from


• The Scan Foundation. (2013). LifePlans, Inc: Satisfaction with long-term services and supports across the continuum of care. Retrieved from


• Tampi, R. R., & Tampi, D. J. (2013). Multidisciplinary teams in the continuum of care for older adults with mental illnesses. Neuropsychiatry, 3(6), 555–558.


Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.


• Document: Module 3 Assignment Template (PowerPoint presentation)


• Document: Presentation Guidelines and Tips (PDF)




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