The U.S. Healthcare System: Analysis of a Healthcare Sector

The U.S. Healthcare System: Analysis of a Healthcare Sector

Your portfolio assignment focuses on a specific sector of healthcare and its relation to the current U.S. healthcare system. Choose one of the healthcare sectors listed below for your portfolio assignment:


  • Hospitals
  • Long-term Care
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Ambulatory Care
  • For-Profit/Public Health Care.


Write a ten to twelve page paper where you address the following:


  • Describe of the sector’s historical development and current role in healthcare delivery.


  • Explain how the political influence in the U.S. healthcare system impacts how this sector provides healthcare to specific communities.



  • Evaluate how quality, safety, and competition within this healthcare sector impact patient care.


  • Examine what major challenges exist for this sector for the system over the next decade from healthcare reform and other factors. Discuss a minimum of three challenges and offer your recommendations on how healthcare leaders and administrators can manage them.



  • Provide a conclusion summary of your findings and of the project experience.


Your paper should meet the following requirements:



  • Be ten to twelve pages in length, not including the cover or reference pages


  • Be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements



  • Provide support for your statements with in-text citations from a minimum of eight scholarly references - four of these references must be from outside sources and four may be from course readings, lectures, and textbooks. The CSU-Global Library is a good place to find these references.


Utilize the following headings to organize the content in your work.


  • Introduction
  • Historical Development and Current Role in Healthcare Delivery
  • Political Influence
  • Quality, Safety, and Competition
  • Future Challenges and Issues
  • Recommendations
  • Conclusion