Compare and Contrast U.S. Healthcare Policy

Review the health policies of each of the following countries. Then, choose a country from the following list to compare and contrast with the current U.S. healthcare system:

  • China
  • England
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan

Once you have thoroughly analyzed the health policy information for your chosen country, answer the following questions:

  • What is the main focus of the policy standard in this (chosen) country?
  • What are the similarities to the U.S. healthcare system?

o    Governance

o    Workforce

o    Leadership

o    Quality

  • How does the U.S. healthcare system differ in terms of policy?
  • Where do you foresee the U.S. healthcare system in the future (long-/short- term)? ( Review from one of the the following perspectives: the provider, the patient, or other stakeholders)
  • Summarize the meaning of universality in U.S. health policy versus your chosen country. (Include your research on the future of the U.S. healthcare system)

The paper:

  • Must be 4 to 6 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:

o    Title of paper

o    Student’s name

o    Course name and number

o    Instructor’s name

o    Date submitted

  • Must use at least four (4) scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Assignment   — WEEK 2    DUE OCTOBER 29 (Saturday)

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Process of Identification & Definition

Review the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of health in Chapter 7 of your textbook. Then, write a research paper fulfilling the following requirements.

  • Why is the definition of health important to health policy?
  • Define the term “target population” as it relates to health policy.
  • How do societal influences impact the identification and definition process of policy?
  • Research a healthcare organization and highlight how their policies align or misalign with the WHO’s definition of health.

The paper

  • Must be 4 to 6 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:

o    Title of paper

o    Student’s name

o    Course name and number

o    Instructor’s name

o    Date submitted

  • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Assignment  – WEEK 3     DUE NOVEMBER 5 (Saturday)

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Evidence-Based Medicine Policy Analysis

Evidence-based medicine (EBM), previously translational medicine, can be defined as improving care based on empirical research and/or hands-on practice. The EBM’s approach is based on either direct patient care (bottom-up) or an experiment translated into guidelines (top-down).  EBM is used in either in conjunction or as quality assessment tool(s) for continuous quality improvement (CQI). The healthcare leader must utilize the evidence to promote healthcare quality.

  • Explain the process of evidence-based analysis.
  • Highlight the major players and their roles in EBM policy (i.e., government, providers, patients, etc.).
  • Explain the EBM “Levels of Evidence” as defined in your course text.
  • Review the case “Constraints of the ACA on Evidence-Based Medicine.”
  • Provide a written analysis of the case “Constraints of the ACA on Evidence-Based Medicine” in Chapter 9 of your textbook. (Utilize the  “Levels of  Evidence and Grades of  Recommendations” as defined by the National Guideline) Clearinghouse.
  • Summarize the policy of EBM in your conclusion.
  • Your paper

  • Must be 4 to 6 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:

o    Title of paper

o    Student’s name

o    Course name and number

o    Instructor’s name

o    Date submitted

  • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Assignment   — WEEK 4    DUE NOVEMBER 12 (Saturday)

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Implementation of Strategy

Healthcare organizations require astute handling of strategy implementation. The processes must be followed with a contingency plan in place for failed strategic objectives leading to the goal.

  • Review the stages of implementation in Chapter 13 of your textbook.
  • Review “340B Drug Pricing Program Oversight” case in your textbook (Chapter 13).
  • Provide a written analysis of the implementation phases that were used/excluded in the “340B Drug Pricing Program Oversight” case.
  • Explain what the literature (external scholarly source) suggest(s) regarding health implementation strategy regarding drug pricing.
  • Conclude with a summary of your research.

Your paper

  • Must be 4 to 6 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
  • Title of paper
  • Student’s name
  • Course name and number
  • Instructor’s name
  • Date submitted
  • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Assignment  — Week 5  (DUE NOVEMBER 19 —-Saturday)

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Maintaining the Loyalty of Stakeholders

To maintain political, governmental, staff, and patient loyalty, the healthcare organization must provide a sense of organizational stability and view of the legislative landscape. In Chapters 14 and 15 we have researched and investigated the need to align both public opinion with staff trust. The political landscape is the basis for healthcare policy, guidance, state, local, and community support (both fiscal and legal) engaging in political trade-offs to stabilize the healthcare industry (such as in the cost, pharmaceuticals, insurance premiums, and organizational ROI in the healthcare industry). Healthcare organizations must provide the necessary guidance and advocacy for stakeholders in the setting of both state and federal legislature as a voice of reason, authority, and integrity. Provide information on the following:

  • Research a policy associated with the Affordable Care Act in your home state or another state that may affect healthcare reform and/or the way health care is provided in the chosen state.
  • Describe the policy and who wrote and/or promoted the policy legislature (provide statistical data).
  • What are the trade-offs offered to bring balance to the healthcare stakeholders?
  • What role have public perception and disinterestedness played in the valuation of healthcare performance?
  • Describe how process innovation, risk taking, health policy analysis, and governance “sense-making” provide balance for stakeholders.

Your paper

  • Must be 4 to 6 double-spaced pages in length (not including title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:

o    Title of paper

o    Student’s name

o    Course name and number

o    Instructor’s name

o    Date submitted

  • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Final Paper   — WEEK 6     DUE NOVEMBER 26 -SATURDAY

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Final Policy Research Paper

The final policy paper is cumulative and covers Chapters 1 – 16 of McLaughlin and McLaughlin (2014) textbook. To complete the final assignment you are required to use at least eight peer-reviewed sources with at least two from Ashford University Library. Click to watch Kaiser Permanente Overview of U.S. Health Policy.

  • Choose four policy analysis processes and apply each one to a policy case (you may use a previous week’s case) or choose from the list below:

o    Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

o    Policy response to the problem of suicide in Australia

o    Cross-national analysis of expenditure changes in 27European nations 1995–2011

o    Proposition 63: Should Other States Follow California’s Lead?

  • Provide details on the other policy processes that were not utilized in your research. How could they be applied? Why would they be applicable?
  • All applicable information from previous weeks must be included.
  • A conclusion MUST be included at the end of the paper summarizing the key aspects of health policy.
  • Writing the Final Paper

    The Final Paper:

  1. Must be 10 to 15 double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  2. Must include a title page with the following:
  3. Title of paper
  4. Student’s name
  5. Course name and number
  6. Instructor’s name
  7. Date submitted
  8. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  9. Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  10. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  11. Must use at least eight scholarly sources in addition to the text.
  12. Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

 

  1. Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.