Mukherjee, T., Al Rahahleh, N., Lane, W., & Dunn, J. (2016). The capital budgeting process of healthcare organizations: A review of surveys. Journal of Healthcare Management, 61(1), 58-77. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Nowicki, M. (2018). Introduction to the Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations (Vol. Seventh edition). Chicago, Illinois: Health Administration Press. Part 4, pages 295-351. Available in the Trident Online Library.

Healthcare budgets are often classified by their managerial approach and their design characteristics. This Module’s Case will examine your understanding of the central types of healthcare budgets, and how they are used in the current setting. Production units, as specifically measured units of work volume in a given department or setting of service provision, will also be examined.

Homework Case Assignment

Using the information in the required readings, as well as some additional research in peer-reviewed sources, complete your Case assignment by answering the following:

  1. Summarize both the benefits and the drawbacks of top-down vs. bottom-up budgeting. Which works best in your current or future setting?
  2. Concisely describe the eight design characteristics of budgeting. Which do you feel would be most effective in running a for-profit hospital, and why?
  3. Choose any department in the healthcare setting, and explain how their production units would be effectively measured. How do these production units tie into the larger budgeting process?

Assignment Expectations

  1. Conduct additional research to gather sufficient information to support your analysis.
  2. Provide a response of 3-5 pages, not including title page and references
  3. As we have multiple required items to be addressed herein, please use subheadings to show where you’re responding to each required item and to ensure that none are omitted.
  4. Support your paper with peer-reviewed articles and reliable sources. Use at least three references, and a minimum of two of these from peer-reviewed sources. For additional information on how to recognize peer-reviewed journals, see and for evaluating internet sources:
  5. You may use the following source to assist in your formatting your assignment: Paraphrase all source information into your own words carefully, and use in-text citations.
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