Healthcare - Ambulatory Services the Research Proposal

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In the current era of managed care in medicine, physicians and other healthcare providers and institutions have been under tremendous pressure to reduce costs. In that regard, avoiding unnecessary hospitalization is one of the most important goals of lowering the costs of healthcare delivery (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2004). Toward that end, diverse strategies have evolved to provide as many healthcare services as possible on an ambulatory basis.

Hospitals and insurance companies now encourage patients to participate in preventative medicine and routine testing intended to lower the costs associated with hospitalization over the long-term. The strategy is simply to reduce the incidence of serious illnesses, particularly those that typically develop over many years and
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which are capable of prevention through behavior modification and early detection through diagnostic testing (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2004).

Because state and federal governments must absorb much of the costs of uncompensated medical services, the many administrative agencies within the U.S.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also provide incentives intended to promote ambulatory care instead of hospitalization or institutionalization, such as in connection with long-term care facilities. Specifically in relation to the dramatic increase in Alzheimer's and other age-related dementia and cognitive impairment, ambulatory service delivery in the form of home medical care and quasi-medical companionship services may be among the most effective strategies against increasing healthcare costs.

References Stanhope, M., Lancaster, J. (2004) Community and Public Health Nursing (6th ed.)…

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References Stanhope, M., Lancaster, J. (2004) Community and Public Health Nursing (6th ed.) St. Louis: Mosby.

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