This course analyzes selected existing and proposed health policies from the perspectives of... 

This course analyzes selected existing and proposed health policies from the perspectives of economic, sociological, and political theory; methodology; and models. Health care executives must be able to participate effectively in the development and analysis of policy, and in the political processes within which they take place.

In this course, we evaluate health care issues, strategies, and programs that are the subject of comparative analysis for public and quasi-public sector decision making. We examine alternative methods of policy analysis and take a look at the ethical dilemmas that arise in policy making and analysis.

For this project, select a current health issue important to the organization of your choice and propose a new health policy. Your proposal will take the form of a manual that can be used by a lobbyist to advocate implementation of the policy at the state or national political level. This proposal manual should analyze and synthesize data arguing for the implementation of your policy, and be supported by policy development theory.

It may be helpful to imagine yourself as a senior policy analyst working for a national or state health care organization. Choices include:

·           American Medical Society.

·           American Hospital Association.

·           American Public Health Association.

·           U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

·           Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

·           Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

·           Another large organization of your choice.

As part of your proposal, develop an informed answer to one or more of the following questions:

1.    What tensions exist between protection of the public health and protection of individual rights?

2.    How should scarce resources be allocated and used?

3.    What should the balance be between expenditures and quality of life in the case of chronic and terminal illness?

4.    What are appropriate limits on using expensive medical technology?

5.    What obligations do health care insurers and health care providers have in meeting the right-to-know of patients as consumers?

6.    What responsibility exists for the young to finance health care for older persons?

7.    What obligation exists for government to protect the most vulnerable sectors of society?

As you work through the course, you will complete components of your proposal, with each component building upon the previous one, taking into account the literature and knowledge presented in respective units. You will begin by choosing a topic and developing a problem statement, and then forming an outline. Finally, you will write the policy proposal, integrating all the research and writing from the previous assignments.

The body of your paper should be organized into three sections:

· Section 1: Proposal Overview. This 1–2 page section introduces the proposed new health policy. Include your problem statement and lay out the background behind the problem. This section should show the reader why this issue is important, the rationale as to why the new policy is needed, and what you intend to accomplish with this new policy. The section should also include a literature review describing the theories underlying your proposed policy development. Be sure to provide the theoretical and practical support for your proposed policy.

· Section 2: Analysis and Evaluation. Analyze your proposed health policy from one of these perspectives: economic, sociological, political, or methodological models. This should be developed from your outline developed in Unit 3. This 4–6 page section needs to cover four elements:

·         Synthesize how the social-political context is intertwined in the development and implementation of your proposed health policy.

·         Evaluate your proposed policy using comparative decision-making techniques for health care issues, strategies, and programs.

·         Analyze possible ethical dilemmas that may arise during policy development and implementation.

·         Demonstrate your policy's proposed benefits.

· Section 3: Conclusion.The final 1–2 pages should synthesize the information presented in the Proposal Overview and the Analysis and Evaluation sections, and present a high-level persuasive argument on why your proposed policy should be accepted. This section should include the proposal's strengths and limitations.

Project Objectives

To successfully complete this project, you will be expected to:

1.    Demonstrate benefits that will result from your policy proposal.

2.    Provide both theoretical and practical support for your proposal.

3.    Indicate how the results will be measured.

4.    Develop a new policy to resolve or improve the identified situation you analyze.

5.    Demonstrate the ability to survey and review appropriate literature in the area of health policy

To achieve a successful project experience and outcome, you are expected to meet the following requirements.

·           The entire manual should flow together creating a coherent, persuasive argument for the proposed policy.

·           Your document should be 6–10 pages in length, excluding the title page, abstract, and bibliography.

·           References required.

·           Follow the Capella University APA writing guidelines. Refer to the APA Style and Formatting section of Capella's Online Writing Center.

 
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