Resource Management in Primary Care
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As COVID 19 outbreaks have occurred across the country affecting many Americans, hospitals have increased testing efforts and are treating many Americans to save lives and minimize the virusâ€™ spread. This includes creating testing tents, adding general and intensive care unit (ICU) bed capacity, and creating COVID-19 sections to isolate and treat patients with the disease while protecting the health of other patients and the hospital workforce. The care environment I choose is the Emergency Room. The two conditions that I feel have a significant impact on revenue are treating COVID patients and many Americans have waived care, inpatient services have decreased significantly from the previous year.
These challenges have created significant financial burdens for hospitals and health care systems. Treatment COVID patients have created tremendous demand for some medical equipment and supplies as the virus has disrupted supply chains, increasing the costs that hospitals encounter to handle COVID- 19 patients. The Kaiser Family Foundation alleged that treating a patient with COVID-19 could cost more than $20,000, and over $88,000 for patients with ventilator support (Hospitals and Health Systems Face Unprecedented Financial Pressures Due to COVID-19 | AHA, 2020). COVID-19 heightened the demand for hospital beds and ventilators. As a result, prices for necessary supplies have increased tenfold since the beginning of the pandemic.
Health care providers have raised concerns that patients are waiving important care. Fears about infection with Coronavirus caused many patients with chronic illnesses to stop seeking treatment and further damage their health. With fewer patients coming into the ER caused steep reductions in revenue for all hospitals and health systems.
As the pandemic continues, APRNs must stay up to date on best practices for treatment and diagnosis of COVID-19 while being aware of adjustments to their scope of practice. APRNs will continue to treat COVID-19 patients while also caring for vulnerable populations in their communities (Diez-Sampedro et al., 2020).
Diez-Sampedro, A., Gonzalez, A., Delgado, V., Flowers, M., Maltseva, T., & Olenick, M. (2020). COVID-19 and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: Frontline Update. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 16(8), 551â€“555. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2020.06.014
Hospitals and Health Systems Face Unprecedented Financial Pressures Due to COVID-19 | AHA. (2020, May 5). American Hospital Association. https://www.aha.org/guidesreports/2020-05-05-hospitals-and- health-systems-face-unprecedented-financial-pressures-due