Assignment 2: Policy Analysis Paper (30 points)
Within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) choose one section to study in detail, which is important and relevant to integrated healthcare. Through the paper, students will identify contextual information related to the formation and implementation of a policy(ies) from the ACA. Students will explore economic, social-cultural, and politically driven principles which help drive, create, and influence policy(ies) in U.S. health care.
•APA title page.
•APA reference page (include 5 in course readings, 5 outside readings).
•APA format for headings and subheadings (required headings below; do not keep headings in outline format – APA required for final paper).
•5-7 pages (maximum, not including title and reference pages).
•Clear relevancy and importance to integrated healthcare.
•Implement all edits/recommendations from outline.
Within the Affordable Care Act choose one section to study in detail. State the section of the policy(ies) being analyzed including information about the legislative history and the politics behind your topic of choice. Provide information to how this topic is important and relevant to integrated healthcare.
Ensure each content area below is addressed.
A. Historical Context: What is/was going on in the U.S. that makes this section an important aspect of the law? Were their cultural reasons for the section of legislation? What kind of organized political support is/or has been mounted for this section of the law?
B. Objectives of the Policy: What are the objectives of this section of the legislation? Discuss the objectives; were they a result of compromise? Is the policy too idealistic or were objectives realistic? How will the objectives influence your practice of integrated health care (through a clinical, management, or combined perspective)?
C. Theory (ies) and/or Empirical Data: What theories and/or empirical data support this section of the law? For example, if you chose the section of the law requiring all people to purchase insurance and/or pay a penalty, what is the economic evidence based for that section? Identify any behavioral economics principles in play related to this section.
D. Resources Available: Within an integrated care setting, what resources will you need to implement this section of the law? For example: will you need adequately trained personnel available to implement the section? Technology to carry out the policy? Was the time allocated for implementing to allow planning and putting programs into place? What will an integrated healthcare site need to do to implement this section of the law? Students may concentrate on management, clinical, or a combination perspective.
E. Implementation: Discuss implementation issues, including economic, policy, and/or regulatory issues in your state and the future of the law in your state. Have the economic and service delivery aspects of the ACA been implemented and how effective has it been? Address the future of this section’s application in your state related to integrated healthcare. Students may concentrate on management, clinical, or a combination perspective.
Summarize your findings and professional thinking. Provide an evaluation of the section and formal conclusion with future projections related to integrated care.
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