Shana S. White
Managing in Today's Health Care Organization/ HCS/514
January 24, 2013
Decision-Making Case Study
Noonan (2009), states "The rising rates of unemployment and the growing numbers of uninsured people are exacerbating health disparities in low income and minority communities that already suffer from barriers to care and high rates of chronic disease.” (para. 1). With the economy in its current state (trying to recover from the financial crisis of 2008) many programs have been affected not only on a national level, but on a state level as well. This is why at Chartres-Pontchartrain Mental Health Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana there has been 15% budget cut. This cut has left the clinic without funding for some programs. Given the defined budget constraints from the clinic manager to the department managers, there have been plans to cut and eliminate programs to best address healthcare needs of the Medicaid population for this particular clinic (University of Phoenix, 2013).
How to Make the Decision
Harris (1998-2012), states that the decision making process is "the study of identifying and choosing alternatives based on the values and preferences of the decision maker” (para. 1). In management this means making a decision requires one to clearly understand what problem exists and the choices, logic, reasoning, or tools that maybe used to make the logical decision for the good of the organization. At Chartres-Pontchartrain Mental Health Clinic, decisions have to be made in regards to what programs will be cut from the overall budget. To make these decisions one needs to look over the entire budget and decide which programs will need to be eliminated to continue to service the necessary programs in the health care organization. Taking a closer look at the tools that may be used to make such a critical decision within the clinic. The management team will use the informed...