HS440 Unit 1 Assignment


Unit 1 Assignment: Defining Healthcare Settings and Integrated Delivery System.

Unit Outcomes addressed in this Assignment:

  • Recognize legal and regulatory issues in healthcare
  • Understand the basic uses of financial information in decision-making.
  • Identify the role of finance in health care organizations

Course outcome assessed/addressed in this Assignment:

HS440-1: Describe the current financial environment in healthcare and its influence on decision-making.

In Unit 1 we discussed an integrated delivery system and how it consists of a number of different types of healthcare organizations, such as hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, owned and operated as a single entity. Although integrated delivery systems offer the opportunity to coordinate all aspects of patient care under a single “umbrella,” their complexity makes the overall management process much more difficult than in smaller organizations that focus on one type of service.

Utilizing your textbook and the Library:

  1. Briefly describe the following healthcare settings:
    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory care
    • Home health care
    • Long-term care
    • Integrated delivery systems
  2. What benefits are attributed to integrated delivery systems?
  3. What are the challenges/drawbacks to implementing integrated delivery systems?


  • Responses to the questions should be written in a clear, detailed manner and observe the conventions of Standard English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.).
  • Follow APA formatting for the title and reference page, as well as APA formatting within the paper itself (Times New Roman 12-point font and properly double spaced).
  • The minimum page limit is 2 pages or 600 words.
  • The maximum page limit is 4 pages or 1,200 words.
  • Information should be summarized in your own words with appropriate APA formatting and citation style of in-text citations in the body of the text to acknowledge the source(s) of information.
  • Include at least one reference. The course textbook may count towards the reference requirement for this Assignment. All references will follow APA format.
  • Follow the conventions of Standard English (correct grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, etc.).
  • Your work should display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics.
  • For additional support, utilize the Writing Center and review the document entitled, “Writing Center Resources,” found in Academic Tools.

Submitting Your Assignment

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Current Settings in Healthcare


Hospitals are health settings that facilitate medical diagnosis and treatment to patients requiring several monitoring hours although they also provide outpatient services. They need state licensing and regular inspection for compliance. To keep the healthcare services at a high level, the Joint Commission facilitates the accreditation of hospitals.  The settings are diverse in terms of size, patients’ stay, function, and ownership (Gapenski, 2012).  In terms of function, there are the general acute care hospitals, which provide broad clinical and surgical services, and the specialty care hospitals such as rehabilitation centers, psychiatry, and cancer facilities that admit a specific group of patients on the basis of illnesses, sexes, or ages, among others.