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General questions about the current state of healthcare and some focused questions on Accountable Care Organziations#next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The most expensive group of healthcare consumers are:

    • A.

      Children

    • B.

      Working Age Adults

    • C.

      65 and Over Adults

    • D.

      Other

    Correct Answer
    C. 65 and Over Adults
    Explanation
    65 and Over Adults are the most expensive group of healthcare consumers because they generally require more medical attention and treatments due to age-related health issues. As people get older, they are more prone to chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis, which require ongoing medical care and management. Additionally, older adults may need more frequent visits to healthcare providers, specialized treatments, and medications. This increased need for healthcare services and resources makes 65 and Over Adults the most expensive group of healthcare consumers.

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  • 2. 

    The top 10% of Medicare Beneficiaries consume over 1/2 of total Medicare spending

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because it indicates that the top 10% of Medicare beneficiaries consume more than half of the total Medicare spending. This suggests that a small percentage of beneficiaries are responsible for a significant portion of the healthcare costs. This could be due to various factors such as chronic illnesses, complex medical needs, or high utilization of healthcare services. Understanding this distribution of spending helps policymakers and healthcare providers identify areas where cost-saving measures can be implemented to improve the efficiency of Medicare spending.

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  • 3. 

    As of 2008 the majority of U.S. Hospitals are part of health systems

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The majority of U.S. hospitals being part of health systems as of 2008 suggests that a significant number of hospitals in the country have joined larger healthcare networks or organizations. This could be due to various reasons such as the need for increased efficiency, better coordination of care, access to resources, or financial considerations. Being part of a health system allows hospitals to collaborate with other healthcare providers, share resources, and provide a more comprehensive range of services to patients.

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  • 4. 

    U.S. national health expenditure declined in 2011 to $2.5 Trillion, from $2.6 Trillion in 2010. #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The healthcare expenditures rose slightly in 2011 to $2.7 Trillion, but this increase was the slowest rate of increase in recent history.

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  • 5. 

    Hospital purchases can be placed into 4 categories. The best representation of the general spend categories is:

    • A.

      Salaries, Supplies, Pharmaceuticals, and Administrative Costs

    • B.

      Labor, Commodities, Services and Capital

    • C.

      Hard Costs, Soft Costs, Budgeted and Un-Budgeted Expenditures

    • D.

      Medical Services, Professional Services, General Services, and Support Services

    Correct Answer
    B. Labor, Commodities, Services and Capital
    Explanation
    The best representation of the general spend categories is Labor, Commodities, Services, and Capital. This categorization encompasses the main expenses incurred by hospitals. Labor refers to the costs associated with hiring and paying staff members. Commodities include the expenses for supplies and equipment needed for patient care. Services cover the costs of outsourced services, such as janitorial or catering services. Capital represents the expenditures related to long-term investments, such as building renovations or purchasing new equipment.

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  • 6. 

    On average, U.S. hospitals spend between 13-18% of the cost of a patient stay on supplies #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The benchmark for supply spend as a percent of per-day cost is 17%. Supply Chain Managers (SCMs) are constantly monitoring this ratio, and attempting to reduce supply spend through contracting, physician preference item management, and GPO contract compliance.

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  • 7. 

    The top 3 things hospital executives are doing to reduce cost in this difficult environment are: #next_pages_container{width:5px;hight:5px;position:absolute;top:-100px;left:-100px;z-index:2147483647!important;}   #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }  

    • A.

      Cutting Administrative Costs

    • B.

      Reducing Staff

    • C.

      Reducing Services

    • D.

      Divesting Assets

    • E.

      Considering Merger

    • F.

      Other

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Cutting Administrative Costs
    B. Reducing Staff
    C. Reducing Services
    Explanation
    Hospital executives are taking several measures to reduce costs in a difficult environment. One of the strategies they are implementing is cutting administrative costs. This involves streamlining administrative processes, reducing unnecessary expenses, and finding more cost-effective solutions. Another measure they are taking is reducing staff. This may involve layoffs, attrition, or implementing hiring freezes to decrease labor costs. Additionally, hospital executives are reducing services to focus on essential and high-demand services, which can help optimize resources and reduce expenses. These three strategies, cutting administrative costs, reducing staff, and reducing services, are being implemented to address the financial challenges faced by hospitals.

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  • 8. 

    A serice line is:

    • A.

      A center of excellence for a hospital

    • B.

      A product line that includes screening & prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare support

    • C.

      Run by a profit and loss accountable service-line manager

    • D.

      An integrated laboratory

    • E.

      Focused on a patient population with needs for access, quality, and convenience

    • F.

      Don't Know

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. A center of excellence for a hospital
    B. A product line that includes screening & prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare support
    C. Run by a profit and loss accountable service-line manager
    E. Focused on a patient population with needs for access, quality, and convenience
    Explanation
    A service line refers to a center of excellence within a hospital that focuses on a specific area of healthcare. It encompasses a product line that includes screening & prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and aftercare support for a particular patient population. The service line is run by a service-line manager who is responsible for its financial performance and is accountable for profit and loss. The service line aims to address the needs of the patient population by providing access to high-quality and convenient healthcare services.

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  • 9. 

    While 11% of Hospital organizations say the're already part of ACOs, only 39% say they plan to become part of one. ACO thought leaders believe the reason for the reduction in interest in participation is due to: #next_pages_container{width:5px;hight:5px;position:absolute;top:-100px;left:-100px;z-index:2147483647!important;}   #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }  

    • A.

      An increase in the politicized nature of Healthcare Reform

    • B.

      Organizations being distracted by other things

    • C.

      An emerging understanding that ACOs are a fad

    • D.

      The belief that the program is incompatible with provider capabilities

    • E.

      High costs and difficulties associated with hospitals' adoption of the ACO care delivery model

    Correct Answer
    E. High costs and difficulties associated with hospitals' adoption of the ACO care delivery model
    Explanation
    The correct answer is high costs and difficulties associated with hospitals' adoption of the ACO care delivery model. This suggests that hospitals are hesitant to become part of ACOs due to the financial burden and challenges involved in implementing the ACO care delivery model. This could include the costs of restructuring their systems, training staff, and coordinating care with other providers. Additionally, hospitals may be concerned about the potential risks and uncertainties associated with transitioning to a new care delivery model.

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  • 10. 

    One of the major reasons orgnizations are interested in becoming ACOs is because financial risk is being shifted onto providers #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Organizations are interested in becoming ACOs (Accountable Care Organizations) because financial risk is being shifted onto providers. This means that providers are taking on more responsibility for the cost and quality of care they deliver. By becoming an ACO, organizations have the opportunity to benefit financially if they are able to provide high-quality care at a lower cost. This incentivizes them to improve efficiency and coordination of care, leading to better outcomes for patients.

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  • 11. 

    ACO implementations typically include: (Select all that apply) #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }  

    • A.

      Nurse Navigators/ Care Coordinators

    • B.

      Patient Centered Medical Home

    • C.

      Structured Clinical Pathways

    • D.

      Pay for Performance Incentives

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Nurse Navigators/ Care Coordinators
    B. Patient Centered Medical Home
    C. Structured Clinical Pathways
    D. Pay for Performance Incentives
    Explanation
    ACO implementations typically include Nurse Navigators/Care Coordinators, Patient Centered Medical Home, Structured Clinical Pathways, and Pay for Performance Incentives. These components are essential in ensuring effective care coordination, improving patient outcomes, and incentivizing healthcare providers to deliver high-quality care. Nurse Navigators/Care Coordinators play a crucial role in guiding patients through the healthcare system and coordinating their care. Patient Centered Medical Home is a model that emphasizes comprehensive, coordinated, and patient-centered care. Structured Clinical Pathways provide evidence-based guidelines for the management of specific conditions. Pay for Performance Incentives are financial incentives that reward healthcare providers for achieving certain quality and performance measures.

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  • 12. 

    The Triple Aim of Accountable Care is to improve 1) Population Health Status, 2) Quality and Efficiency, and 3) Patient Satisfaction and Engagement. #next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; }  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The Triple Aim of Accountable Care aims to improve three key aspects of healthcare: population health status, quality and efficiency, and patient satisfaction and engagement. This means that the goal is not just to provide better healthcare outcomes for individuals, but also to improve the overall health of the population, make healthcare more efficient and cost-effective, and ensure that patients are satisfied and engaged in their own healthcare decisions.

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