Assignment: Healthcare Lobbying Report
Assignment: Healthcare Lobbying Report
Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the major healthcare policies passed to improve healthcare delivery to Americans. The policy was implemented in the year 2010 by President Obama’s administration to solve the challenges brought about by the lack of accessibility to healthcare services. Imperatively, APRNs are lobbyists and advocates who champion for better healthcare through enactment of effective policies and healthcare laws for the benefit of patient populations and community. The current healthcare reforms offer APRNs an opportunity to lobby and advocate for policies as well as take their position or stance on such issues. APRNs should engage and lobby in the legislative process as a participant and patient advocate by identifying current health care issues that impact these roles, their setting, and scope of practice as well as the population in the communities that they serve (Chen et al., 2016). As such, this presentation discusses the Affordable Care Act that was enacted in 2010 and its effects on nursing role, the practice environment, and scope of practice. The presentation also considers the effects of the ACA on the population in the community where nurses serve.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and nurse leaders have the obligation to ensure that patients and population communities attain better and quality services. Also, they have the responsibility to ensure improvement in the nursing processes and interventions through effective resource allocation in their practice setting. Through this, APRNs can enhance their scope of practice, especially practicing to the full extent of their education and qualification. APRNs have a responsibility as patient advocates to lobby for more resources to community populations where they practice and serve. The ACA enactment improved access to health care allowing APRNs to become primary care providers in certain settings like through the nurse managed health organizations (NMOs) which impacted the scope of practice for the providers. The implication is that the ACA supports APRNs roles in improving care delivery to all patients and populations through effective allocation of healthcare resources. The ACA mandates establishment of different care models to enhance primary delivery of healthcare services. Through the Affordable Care Act, APRNs get the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge in healthcare delivery.
The core aspect of ACA is to reduce the cost of care through the provision of affordable health insurance coverage. The legislation focuses on improving quality of care through effective allocation of resources (Chen et al., 2016). ACA enhances accessibility and allows individuals to get primary care services in different healthcare settings. As such, this group believes that the Affordable Care Act is an essential legislation with comprehensive benefits for health populations and individuals. The policy allows APRNs and other health care professionals to improve quality service delivery and ensure that the reforms benefit those who require it the most (DeNisco& Barker, 2016). However, efforts to amend the policy has focused on its scrapping which will mean that millions of Americans lose their health insurance because critics want to remove compulsory mandates and weaken its overall implementation in the long-term that has been effective for the past ten years. The act should stay and ensure that new legislation on the policy focus on removal of restrictive acts in states with restrictions to allow many to access healthcare. Secondly, the legislative processes should focus on ensuring that quality services lead to enhanced customer satisfaction which improves overall reimbursement. Lastly, ACA ensures that there is fair and equal treatment for all individuals irrespective of their socioeconomic status.
NRSE 4510: MODULE 2: ASSESSMENT 4: WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT -THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS AND HEALTHCARE LOBBYING-DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
The Legislative Process and Healthcare LobbyingYour paper should have a minimum of 600 words (excluding the title and reference pages), double spaced, and use APA 6th edition formatting and citations/references. All paragraphs should be at least 5-6 well-developed sentences and indented. No extra spaces before and after paragraphs. Quoted material is discouraged. One quote per page is acceptable and points will be subtracted if more quoted material is found. In order to cite material, read the material, analyze it and write in your own words and voice then cite your source. This paper is your work and not a string of quotes without your thoughts and ideas being heard.Your paper should be set up as described below and the resources in the APA manual. Rubric will provide number of points for each area.Title pageSet up a header:On the left hand margin set-up a running header and it looks like this on the first page.
Running head: LEGISLATIVE PROCESS (This is a short title less than 50 characters). Page number is flush right starting with a 1 on the right side. On pages 2 through the end: just the CAPPED TITLE only without the words running head. In word, go to document elements, then header option. This will set up the headings and page numbers for each page. Centered on the page is the title, your name, and the name of the university.No abstract is needed.Second page of paper:Title of paper gets centered on the top of this pageStart with an introduction paragraph that should be a general introduction to the topic and then end with purpose statement. A purpose statement is as follows: The purpose of this paper is to discuss (then list some of the key elements of the rubric). Thisparagraph should be 5-6 well-developed sentences. Introduction paragraph is worth 5pointsThen use headings –You will find this a better way to keep your organized and to assure you have all the topics of the rubricPart 1 (BOLDED and CENTERED) –This is a level one headingLegislative Process (Bolded and on left margin). This is a level two headingA clear and complete discussion of the legislative processIndent and write your content at least one paragraph.This is worth 6points.
This assessment requires you to describe the legislative process and the role of the nurse as a healthcare policy advocate. Your paper will consist of two parts:
A clear and complete discussion of the legislative process
You will choose one of the political issues listed in Burkhardt & Nathaniel on pages 392-393
Tie that political issue to current legislation being debated in your own state’s house or senate
Describe both sides of that issue – for and against – clearly and thoroughly
Explain your own position, and explain why using research-based fact, not just your own opinion.
Make sure you also include a clear, separate introduction and conclusion as a part of this assignment, as these are worth separate points on the grading rubric.
NOTE: Please avoid the following topics, as these do not demonstrate research into current legislation in health care and are more “hot button” issues that do not often result in a strong paper:
Staffing ratios/mandatory overtime
Physician assisted suicide
This assessment is aligned with the the course objective 4 and the following module objective:
Students will be able to examine legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of healthcare.
Discuss the role of the nurse as a healthcare policy advocate.
Due Date: SAT, Nov 16 by 9:30a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) of the US.
Minimum of four (4) total references: two (2) references from required course materials and two (2) peer-reviewed references. All references must be no older than five years (unless making a specific point using a seminal piece of information)
Peer-reviewed references include references from professional data bases such as PubMed or CINHAL applicable to population and practice area, along with evidence based clinical practice guidelines. Examples of unacceptable references are Wikipedia, UpToDate, Epocrates, Medscape, WebMD, hospital organizations, insurance recommendations, & secondary clinical databases.
Unless otherwise specified, all the written assignment must follow APA 6th edition formatting, citations and references. Click here to download the Microsoft Word APA 6th edition template. Make sure you cross-reference the APA 6th edition book as well before submitting the assignment.
Number of Pages/Words
Unless otherwise specified all papers should have a minimum of 600 words (approximately 2.5 pages) excluding the title and reference pages.
Note: For each attempt you will receive a SafeAssign originality report. This will give you a chance to correct the assignment based on the SafeAssign score. Click here to view instructions on how to interpret your SafeAssign originality report.
Assignment: Healthcare Lobbying Report
Assignment: Healthcare Lobbying Report
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.