Health care leaders depend on sound operating and financial performance indicators to make decisions regarding working capital management, capital budgeting, and resource allocation. These indicators help organizations maximize performance and strategically plan for new initiatives. For this Discussion, you select a health care organization and examine how its leaders and managers use operating and financial performance indicators in their decision making.
Select a health care organization and locate its operating (i.e., utilization rate) and financial data. You may want to use a not-for-profit health care system, as they usually post their annual reports online.
Identify one operating indicator (e.g., length of stay, admission, etc.) and two financial performance indicators (e.g., cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, short-term loans, etc.).
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Identify the health care organization you selected, and describe one operating indicator and two financial performance indicators of the organization. Analyze how leaders and managers use these indicators when making decisions about working capital management, capital budgeting, and resource allocation. Support your response by identifying and explaining key points and/or examples presented in the Learning Resources.