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This course project gives you the opportunity to select a problem that currently exists in our healthcare system and analyze its implications on our healthcare system. The paper should critically analyze the issues related to the topic and identify key strategies for improvement. In order to meet the project requirements, it is important to identify an issue or problem within the healthcare system. Please analyze and review the grading rubric to understand why this is important. Both web references and professional journals should be considered as references. Don’t overlook the Keller Online
Library as an important source of information for your paper. The paper should include 8–10 references in APA or another approved format.
See a more detailed Grading Rubric below.
The length of the final paper should be approximately 8–10 pages, double-spaced in MS Word.
Possible Course Project Topics
Describe the problems with our multiple reimbursement systems. Discuss how a single-payer system may improve access and cost containment in the U.S. healthcare system. Evaluate the lack of reimbursement environments for preventive healthcare programs, and evaluate the effectiveness of the current reimbursement patterns.
Propose solutions for expanding these programs. Describe the problems in the U.S. healthcare system and how we might use another nation’s healthcare system for reform. Evaluate how a new system would improve access to care, quality of care, and the efficient utilization of resources. Choose one particular form of complementary (nontraditional, alternative) medicine and explain why it may not be accepted by insurance providers or
reimbursed by insurance companies. Describe its clinical approach and effectiveness, evaluate its economic impact, and review its potential for
mainstream use, including future licensing and third party reimbursement. Evaluate the problem of fraud and abuse in the current U.S. healthcare
Analyze the effectiveness of the OIG’s Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Program, and analyze effective actions healthcare organizations can take to
decrease their liability in this area, offering examples. Critically evaluate the readiness and the effectiveness of the U.S.
Healthcare Delivery System in responding to a widespread bioterrorism event; propose changes as appropriate to your analysis. Discuss some of the problems in measuring quality in the healthcare environment and investigate quality measurement. Provide options for quality measurement and the processes that could be measured in a healthcare setting. Critically evaluate the use of technology in healthcare and the challenges
it presents in healthcare delivery. Offer specific examples or situations addressing technology’s contributions to improving the quality of health and
healthcare; consider impact on healthcare costs and analyze trade-offs. Describe the problem of medical errors in our delivery system.
Evaluate the effectiveness of selected programs aimed at reducing medical errors in the U.S. healthcare system; discuss one or more of the most effective measures identified to date and make recommendations for additional action.
NOTE: Other topics related to course content/TCOs will be considered, but only as approved in advance by your instructor.
Rubrics Introduce the issue. Define the problem. Search the literature. Analyze the problem. Offer possible solutions. Propose a single solution. Develop an implementation plan. Justify why/how if your solution will solve the identified problem.
Your paper must include, but is not limited to, the following sections:
Category Points Description BACKGROUND 10 Describe the problem, organization, or situation you selected; identify the specific issues of interest or controversy; and present background/facts of the problem, organization, or situation that will enable the reader to clearly understand the issue. DEFINE THE PROBLEM 10 Identify and clearly state the problem, the management issue, in
which an element of the identified problem or situation is not meeting expectations. Remember that what appears to be the problem may actually be just
a symptom of a bigger problem – dig deep to be sure you’ve identified the real problems. If there appears to be more than one problem/issue, decide if they are separate or related issues.
State the problem in the form of a question. For example, if a work group is not performing effectively, an effective problem statement might
be “How can the staff shortage improve?” rather than simply “Short Staff problems.”
LITERATURE REVIEW 35
Present what you discovered in your search of the literature. Review issues, theories, concepts, and studies discussed in class and in our textbook, and review what other writers/researchers have to say about the subject of your analysis. Discuss the concepts, ideas, or insights that are most valuable in helping you make sense of your project. What theories can you use?
What writers say something of value? Why is it of value? Which models are the least helpful, and why? What theories or concepts will you challenge or
criticize because your findings are different? In short, demonstrate an understanding of the literature and apply it sensibly to the problem. This is
not a course in applied commonsense; however, such practical intelligence is important, especially in the application stage.
A literature review is like playing a video game in which you are in a chamber with many doors. As you open each door, you uncover clues to
help you progress to the next level. Similarly, in a literature review, your objective is to open the doors that can point the way to solving your business
problem. Begin your literature review with a broad look at your field of interest, then narrow your focus until you zero in on the essential issues of
NOTE: A literature review is a required element of this assignment. A good rule of thumb is to review at least 10 resources, beyond the
textbook and class readings, to ensure the effectiveness of your research.
SUGGESTION: Begin your literature survey by accessing Keller’s online library at www.keller.edu.
PROBLEM ANALYSIS 30 This section should provide a detailed analysis of the causes of the problem(s) or issue(s) you identified in Section II. A major objective is to clearly illustrate how you are using the healthcare course concepts (as well as what your learned from your literature review) to better understand the causes of the problem(s) or issue(s). Show that you are applying course material! (Note: Use subheadings to identify each factor you
address.) POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS 30 Explore three solutions that could be appropriate ways to solve the identified problem/issue. Be sure these solutions are logical based on your analysis and that they each would effectively treat the problem, not the symptoms. Also, discuss the anticipated outcomes (both positive and negative) of implementing each of the possible solutions you identified. SOLUTION AND ITS IMPLEMENTATION 35 Outline your recommended solution to the problem/issue, one of the alternatives explored in Section V, or a combination of those alternatives.
State your solution clearly and specifically. Describe exactly what should be done and how it should be done, including by whom, with whom, and in what
sequence. Here are some points to keep in mind as you write this section:
Have I indicated an awareness of the problem of implementation (the how aspect)? Have I been specific enough? For example, a general solution might state, “The healthcare manager needs to realize that his or her style should match the situation.” A specific solution would state what style is most appropriate for the situation and how you will attempt to the have the manager realize the appropriate style. What aspects of the problem remain unresolved by my solution? Does my recommended solution and implementation plan address the problem/issues and causes identified in the previous sections? Does my solution consider and resolve the identified pros and cons? How will I evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented recommended solution? What process checks or procedures will I put in place to institutionalize the improvement? Could my solution cause other problems/issues? What risks are inherent in the solution you recommend? What contingency plans do you recommend? Assess the realism of your proposed action plan. For example, is there adequate time, money, or other resources for your solution? In addition, does your solution place too much reliance on other people being reasonable or what you think is reasonable? JUSTIFICATION 25 Justify why your recommended solution and its implementation will solve the identified problem/issue in the organization/unit you selected.
An important element of this section is to show very clearly how you applied course concepts to arrive at a workable solution and a successful implementation. Apply appropriate course material; support your conclusions with appropriately referenced facts, quotes, and readings; and be sure your justification addresses identified pros and cons. REFERENCES 25 All citations in the paper must appear in the reference list, and all references must be cited in the text of the paper. Choose references judiciously and cite them accurately. Citations of an author’s work in the text documents your work, briefly identifies the source for readers, and enables readers to locate the source of information in the alphabetical reference list at the end of the paper. To use the ideas or words of another without crediting the source is plagiarism.
Plagiarism, in its purest form, involves copying of entire passages either verbatim or nearly verbatim, with no direct acknowledgment of the source. The most common (and unconscious) form of plagiarism is when a direct quotation is simply paraphrased. Paraphrasing does not relieve you of the obligation to provide proper identification of source data. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to make sure all quotes, ideas, or conclusions not your own are given proper acknowledgment in your text. Total 200
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