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Health care expenditures

Health care expenditures


  1. Analyze the health care expenditures associated with the care of a defined population aggregate (such as diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, or other acute or chronic disease listed from Healthy People 2020) within the organization.
  2. Based on that analysis, review the literature to identify a best practice (program or services) relevant to the care and disease management for the population aggregate. A business plan will be developed later in the course, for which this budget could be used.

As a part of a business plan for a program, or services provided, you will need to develop a detailed budget. The program/service may or may not have associated revenue. This budget will become a part of the business plan due later in the course. Under the Modules tab of the course, in the Course Materials folder, you will find a MS Excel Budget Worksheet with general categories for development of a budget. You may also download the Excel from the link below.

You may use an existing project you are already working on, OR propose a future project.

The assignment is to fill in the details under each general category along with a budget for each category over 12 months. You will also have to enter various formulas into the spreadsheet to total monthly amounts and for the annual budget required for the project. Working with Excel is an essential part of nurse executive leadership skills. Be sure to view the tutorials listed in this week’s Multi Media area of the course to help you navigate and use formulas appropriately for the assignment. Referring to Finkler, Kovner and Jones and the readings this week, will assist you in thinking of specific budget line items to include. Keep in mind your project budget will have its own unique budget line items. Work with your preceptor to help ensure you have included all potential expenses (and revenue estimates if appropriate).

Select the “RevExp” worksheet, or the “Prog” worksheet found at the very bottom left of the spreadsheet. The “RevExp” worksheet is to budget revenue and expenses associated with your project. The second worksheet, “Prog” worksheet, is for a program, or project/service without any revenue associated with the project. For example, a proposal for new cardiac rehab services would have revenue associated with that service. A staff education program would not have revenue associated with it; subsequently the second worksheet would be used (the “Prog” worksheet). The goal of the budget assignment is to determine how much your project will cost for one year of operations (and how much the proposed services are projected to make/cost over one year) and incorporate this information into a business plan (due later in the course). Health care expenditures

*Keep in mind that while not all project budgets produce revenue, they can produce savings in terms of better patient care, and improved health outcomes resulting in better reimbursements. These projected savings would be important to report.

The rubric is built into this assignment.



You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument. Health care expenditures


Discussion Questions (DQ)

Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.

Weekly Participation

Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.

APA Format and Writing Quality

Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.

Use of Direct Quotes

I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.

LopesWrite Policy

For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.

Late Policy

The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.


Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.