Learning Materials

  • Nickitas, D. M., Middaugh, D. J., & Feeg, V. D. (2019). Policy and politics for nurses and other health professions: Advocacy and action. (3rd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Read Chapters 13 & 14.

Additional Resources:

  • Lin, Y.-L., Du, Y., Gomez, C., & Ortiz, J. (2018). Does patient-centered medical home Recognition Relate to Accountable Care Organization Participation? Population Health Management, 21(3), 188–195.
  • Ryan, A. M., Shortell, S. M., Ramsay, P. P., & Casalino, L. P. (2015). Salary and quality compensation for physician practices participating in accountable care organizations. Annals of Family Medicine, 13(4), 321–324.
  • Weeks, W. B., Gregg, J., Fisher, E. S., & Weinstein, J. N. (2015). Accelerating uptake of new Medicare payment models. Hfm (Healthcare Financial Management), 69(4), 104–105.

Accountability in Healthcare

This assignment will be at least 1500 words. Address each bulleted item (topic) in detail including the questions that follow each bullet. There should be three (3) sections in your paper; one for each bullet below. Separate each section in your paper with a clear brief heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper. Include a “Conclusion” section that summarizes all topics.

This week you will reflect upon accountability in healthcare and address the following questions:

  • Briefly define an Accountability Care Organization (ACO) and how it impacts health care providers:

    1. How do ACOs differ from the health maintenance organizations (HMOs) of earlier years
    2. What role does health information technology (HIT) play in the newer models of care?
  • What is the benefit of hospitals partnering with primary care providers?

    1. How does bundling payments contain healthcare costs?
    2. How does the pay for performance (P4P) improve quality care?
  • Briefly discuss the value-based purchasing program?

    1. How do value-based purchasing (VBP) programs affect reimbursement to hospitals?
    2. Who benefits the most from value-based reimbursement and why?
    3. How does the VBP program measure hospital performance?

Assignment Expectations

Length: 1500-2000 words in length

Structure: Include a title page and reference page in APA format. These do not count towards the minimal word amount for this assignment.  Your essay must include an introduction and a conclusion.

References: Use the appropriate APA style in-text citations and references for all resources utilized to answer the questions. A minimum of two (2) scholarly sources are required for this assignment.

Format: Save your assignment as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx).

Assignment: Accountability in Healthcare This assignment will be at least 1500 words. Address each bulleted item (topic) in detail including the questions that follow each bullet. There should be thre
(In 7th edition APA there is no running head or headers used) The page number goes at the right margin on the same line as the running head. DO NOT USE the typing template in the classroom for your title page, due to it is INCORRECT. All red print is meant to be cues, not used on your paper. Center the title page info ½ way down the page as below: APA Sample Paper Title (Example: Washing the Dog) Your Name (No Credentials per APA guidelines) Aspen University Several spaces go here Author Note (the words Author Note must appear here) Course Number and Name (Like: N492, Community Health I) Name of Professor (Tammy Fisher, DNP MSN-Ed, RN) Date of submission (Example: May 2016) Washing the Dog (Introductory title of your paper centered on page two if you want to add a title, and place no extra spaces between header and headings or paragraphs. All double spaced. Example: Washing the Dog) This is your first paragraph, it comes immediately after the repeated title. Note that it should not have the title of, “Introduction,” as this is assumed. Tell the reader what items you are going to cover in your paper. Also notice that everything is double-spaced. Because this is a paragraph, it needs at least three sentences. Always indent 0.5 inches for paragraphs. To set up Word to do this automatically, go into your paragraph options. Under the indentation tab or section, find “Special” and choose “first line” by 0.5. This is the same place where you can set up your references to be in “hanging” paragraph format. Also, under the tab or section that says “spacing” you can set line spacing to double. Be sure left and right indentation and before and after spacing is set to 0 on settings. First Heading (Always Level One) Begin your first assignment here, immediately after the first heading, also known as a level one subheading. Please note that the subheading is bold, centered, and the first letter of each main word is capitalized. The subheading should never be a repeat of the assignment questions or a case study copied and pasted. It should be also short enough to fit all on one line. Level Two Subheading (This could say something like: Preparing Dog Bath Water) The level two subheading is a further breakdown of the level one subheading. For example, you might use a level two subheading if you were completing a case study with a number of questions. This type of subheading is on the line above the text of the paragraph, bold, flush left, and has the first letter of each major word capitalized. Again, it should fit all on one line and not be an exact repeat of the question. (LEVEL THREE, FOUR, OR FIVE SUBHEADING-THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED and MAY CAUSE MORE TROUBLE FOR THE STUDENT). Level Three Subheading A level three subheading is a further breakdown from the level two subheading. You might use this if there are multiple parts to one of the questions in a case study. This type of subheading is bold, italic, title case. For this level, the text of the paragraph starts on the next line. Level Four Subheading. The level four subheading is a further breakdown of the level three subheading. It is to be bold, and title case and end with a period. For this level, the text starts immediately after the period, on the same line. Level Five. A level five subheading is a further breakdown of a level four subheading. It is bold, italic, indented, and title case. For this level, just as in level four, the text starts immediately after the period, on the same line. General APA Writing Tips In APA 7th edition, you may refer to yourself in the first person. You must stay in first person, if you choose to begin the document in first person. The APA discourages use of, This student or this author, or this writer. Be clear and concise in your writing. Avoid using any slang in any way. This also means you would not say something like, “She gave him the third degree”. “Third degree” is slang, and should not be included in scholarly writing. Avoid contractions in your writing. Do not say someone can’t, say that someone cannot. Do you see how that sounds better? Also note that in all Aspen assignments that ask for student reflection, opinion, or input or thoughts on a situation- it is permitted to use first person of : I, you, we, us, me, my. Slang words include per, so instead of per, use according to. Conclusion All documents in APA format require the introduction paragraph and the conclusion paragraph. All paragraphs are at least three sentences. Conclusion sums up the entire paper and there is only ONE conclusion in a paper. In this paper, directions were given on how to wash the dog. The steps of setting up the bath, bathing, and correct care of the dog were noted. 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