In Unit VIII, you are required to submit a management action plan (MAP). Instructions for this assignment can be found by viewing the Unit VIII assignment instructions below. Additionally, you can view an example of a completed MAP attached.

Your MAP can be either a “real-world” management problem within your own healthcare organization or one of the scenarios shown below. For this assignment, please present a one-paragraph summary of the problem to your instructor for approval by submitting it here in Blackboard. Your paragraph will describe the scenario as well as the reason why you believe a MAP is warranted for this scenario.

1. Deciding on for-profit, not-for-profit, or public status for your hospital

2. Managing third-party payer relationships in health care

3. Implementing Healthy People 2020 standards in your community

4. Implementing evidence-based medicine in your hospital

5. Implementing CMS quality initiatives in your hospital

6. Developing a workplace safety plan for your hospital

7. Implementing telehealth services in your facility

8. Conducting a complete risk assessment for your facility

9. Developing an accountable care organization for your organization

10. Developing a marketing plan for your healthcare facility

Management Action Plan (MAP)

Please include documentation of all six steps in your submission of the MAP assignment. You should begin working on the MAP at the beginning of this course. It is due in Unit VIII.

I.  Clarify the Problem or Opportunity for Improvement (OFI)

Clearly describe the problem or Opportunity for Improvement (OFI) that you have selected for your MAP. Why is it important to resolve this problem right now? What are the consequences of not resolving this problem right now?

II.  Clarify your Measurable Goal

Clearly describe the desired outcome from your MAP implementation? What are you trying to accomplish? How will successful MAP implementation be measured and assessed? What realistic constraints do you have as you begin creation of your plan? Consider limits on time, money, and other resources that are specific to your MAP.

III. Prepare a List of Possible Actions

Consider possible root causes of the OFI. Why do you believe the problem exists? Brainstorm and present a list of all possible actions that you may need to take in order to achieve your MAP goal. At this stage, focus on generating as many different options and ideas as possible. It is likely that not all of your ideas will make it into you final MAP. Write down your ideas just as they come to your mind, trying not to judge or analyze them at this stage.

In your brainstorming, be sure to consider ideas* involving:



  Clinical Performance 



  Clinical Support Services 

  Knowledge Management 

  Human Resources 

  Financial Management 

  Internal Consulting 


*It is understood that some of these areas may not apply to your particular MAP, but all areas should at least be considered in this process.

IV. Organize your Key Action Steps into a Management Action Plan

Decide on the sequencing of your Key Action Steps. For each Key Action Step, what other steps must be completed before that specific action can be taken? Rearrange your Key Action Steps into a sequence of ordered activity. Then look at your plan once again. Are there any ways to simplify the plan further before presenting it?

V. Accountability

For each Key Action Step, assign a responsible party or group within your organization (by position, department, or team name, not by individual name), and assign a suspense date by which the Key Action Step must be completed. Then, based upon all of your Key Action Steps and their suspense dates, provide a realistic completion date for the entire MAP.

VI. Measurement and Monitoring

Now, explain in detail how you will measure the success of your MAP following implementation and how you will monitor ongoing performance to prevent regression and loss of the positive change that has taken place.



Safian, S. C. (2014). Fundamentals of health care administration. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.