Carefully read the Pediatric Dental Care Center, Case # 18 located on page 269 in Darr, Farnsworth, & Myrtle’s Case book. This case study presents a not-for-profit Pediatric Dental Care Center (PDCC) that has struggled financially for years as it serves a Medicaid population. It is offered the opportunity to become part of a federally qualified health center, but to do so requires expanding services and significantly changing its governance structure. There is several interconnected issues which have no single answer or cookbook approach. Funding for safety-net programs has been declining, and this has led to limitations on the type and frequency of care visits, as well as reductions in payments to providers of services. This has led many organizations to limit the number of safety-net clients served, or to withdraw from serving that population group. This has increased demand for organizations that continue to provide care.
Unit Learning Outcomes
- ULO #3: Evaluate ethical considerations when making operational, financial, and strategic decisions. (CLO 7)
- ULO #4: Analyze implications of financial retrenchment in public and private health service organizations. (CLO 7)
- ULO #5: Consider the public welfare and political pragmatism when formulating recommendations for making operational, financial, and strategic decisions in public and private health service organizations. (CLO 7)
Book: Darr, K., Farnsworth, T. J., & Myrtle, R. C. (2017). Cases in health services management. (6th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press.
The students are expected to carefully read the assignment instructions, then thoroughly and explicitly address each component of the corresponding case study questions.
CASE STUDY QUESTIONS:
- Is the PDCC at a crossroads?
- Must the PDCC change its operational strategy?
- How can the PDCC meet its mission to provide oral healthcare to underserved children in the greater South Bay community?
- How should PDCC respond to the request to partner with the hospital and the children’s clinic and become a federally qualified health center?
- What other options should be considered?
- The submission should reflect higher-level cognitive processing (analysis, synthesis, and evaluation), which is essential for someone being prepared to serve in an operational capacity within the healthcare and related industry.
- To earn the maximum number of points, the submission should reflect graduate-level execution with clear evidence of critical thinking, synthesis of relevant information from credible sources, and clear mastery of the concepts necessary to successfully execute each component of the assignment.
- The submission should not exceed four (4) pages in length, excluding the title and reference list pages, and explicitly address all required components of this assignment.
- The document must be double-spaced, adhere to the APA writing style (7th ed.), and include at least three (3) references of credible or peer-reviewed sources to support any suppositions and recommendations.
- Finally, the document should be prepared as a Microsoft Word document and uploaded to Submit Assignment.
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