Describe the connections to other health care setting
Describe the connections to other health care settings/ entities your system has in regards to the continuum of care. Are they Vertical, Virtual, Horizontal, Mixed?
Why do you feel this way?
Is your organization part of a consolidated system? If not, could you see it becoming part of one?
Are you aware of any hospital closings or expansions in your area?
As more companies merge and are acquired by others, in your opinion, is this consolidation of health care an appropriate response to the economic and political environment in the US? For more on this read about this issue here: Pinsker, J. (2017, December 4). Why CVS wants to buy Aetna? The Atlantic.
What is it going to mean for patient care?
Which aspect of the Triple Aim do you see you/ your organization working the most to improve?
What role do you see yourself taking on in your health care organization as health care in the US changes?
Vertical integration consolidates (and controls) health services under one organizational roof
Virtual integration involves contractual links between the health plan which may be an HMO, and physician groups, hospitals, and other provider units.
Healthcare is essentially a local business requiring proper integration within the local market. My organization uses virtual integration because it utilizes the principles of standard contractual agreement and combines them with organizational responsibilities. The organization consists of operating systems of agreements………………………..