Conducting an Environmental Analysis

HSA 599 Week 4 Assignment 1 – Conducting an Environmental Analysis

For all assignments assume that you are the administrator of afictitious organization of your choice. The organization can be any type of health care organization such as a hospital, nursing home,rehabilitation center, clinic, etc. As the administrator, you are facedwith the challenges of declining reimbursements from insurance providers and increasing demands for patient services due to dramatic changes inthe external environment. Such changes include those imposed by thePatient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Your first step inevaluating the position of your organization will be conducting anenvironmental analysis. The purpose of this is to determine yourorganization’s ability to continue to provide quality care and remainfinancially solvent in the face of these challenges.

Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you: 

1. Determine two (2) specific forces in the external environment that will have the most impact on your organization. Provide a rationale for your decision. 

2. Determine two (2) specific internal factors that theorganization’s leaders need to consider in preparing for the future ofhealth care and the future of the organization. Provide a rationale foryour decision. 

3. Discuss the impact of both the identified internal and externalforces on the organization’s ability to develop a competitive strategy. 

4. Recommend one (1) strategy that involves the organization’smanagers in implementing and maintaining the momentum of the strategicplan. 

5. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in thisassignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites to not qualify asacademic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed,double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inchmargins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA orschool-specific format. Check with your professor for any additionalinstructions. Include a cover page containing the title of theassignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title,and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included inthe required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Differentiate between strategic management, strategic thinking,strategic planning, and managing strategic momentum. Analyze thesignificance of the external environment’s impact on health careorganizations. Examine the purpose and importance of service areacompetitor analysis. Examine the role of internal environmental analysis in identifying the basis for sustained competitive advantage. Usetechnology and information resources to research issues in the strategic management of health care organizations. Write clearly and conciselyabout strategic management of health care organizations using properwriting mechanics.

Expectations: There should be no colored font, designs on title pages or other fancy design elements. Academic papers are just plain texttyped in Times New Roman size 12 font. Use the APA template to helpbuild your paper. It helps you to get your Running head, page numbers,headers and other parts of the paper correct. It can be found in aprevious announcement and will also be emailed to the class. Do notsubmit a paper with the content run all together and nosubtitles/section headings. Use the same headings or similar headings to what you see in the sample paper. Meet the required length throughexpanded discussion of topics, integration of research and criticalthinking.


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