Managed care has contributed to the transformation of health care delivery across the nation. While managed care originated in the United States, its delivery style has spread internationally. Managed care can be discussed in two different contexts. The first framework describes an approach to health care delivery and is described as the integration of the financing, insurance, delivery, and payment functions within an organizational setting (Shi and Singh, 2019, p. 4). The second term could refer to a physical Managed Care Organization (MCO) which could be different settings (Shi and Singh, 2019, p. 361). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, a health care reform initiative, is enriched with managed care strategies. After reading the background information, conduct additional research and respond to the following questions.
Watch the following videos in preparation for this assignment:
NY State of Health (2016, January 12). Health Insurance Explained
H. S. Rexburg (2016, October 19). Accreditation of health care
Use what you learned from the videos, the module’s required readings, and your own research to answer the following questions in your paper.
1. What is managed care and how did it evolve?
2. Discuss the current state of managed care in the U. S. Health system. Describe two efficiencies and two inefficiencies in managed care.
3. Why is it important for policy makers and health care managers to understand the intricacies of the health care delivery system?
4. Briefly describe some impacts of health care reform initiatives on managed care in the U.S.
Length: Submit a 3- to 4-page paper, not including the cover page and the reference list.
Watch the following video in preparation for this assignment:
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). (2010). Introduction. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu-Ffub6WHk
Use what you learned from the video, the module’s required readings, and your own research to answer the following questions in your paper.
1. Discuss the purpose of accreditation. Has the process of accreditation really improved the quality of care being provided to patients?
2. Identify and discuss the process of accreditation for the chosen agency.
3. Discuss some of the standards they look for when they go on-site. Are the standards rigorous or vague?
4. Do these agencies make the results of their surveys public? How could knowing this information be beneficial to patients?
Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell.
In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.
God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.
Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.
To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.
Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.
Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies, 4(8), 487.
Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.