Assignment 1: Issues in Health Care Reform (Interview) According to the AACN (2006), “Political activism and commitment to policy development are central elements of professional nursing practice” (p. 13). Throughout this course, you will hone the skills and competencies required for this type of involvement in policy. Research is an essential step in the process of acquiring the skills and competencies, and interviews are one form of research that can serve as a valuable source of information. As such, this Assignment (which you will start this week, and submit by the end of Week 9) provides an opportunity for you to identify a health reform issue of interest and discuss the issue with a state or national politician (or their aide). To prepare: Identify      a state or national politician (state representative or legislator,      senator, congressman, governor, etc.), or aide, whom you would like to      interview regarding current issues in health care reform. (I live in the state of Maryland.      The 2 states senators are Chris Van Hollen since 2017 and Ben Cardin since      2007; the Governor name is Larry Hogan. You can also google any of the      information about the state of Maryland in the US) As      soon as possible, contact the individual’s office to request a meeting.      Keep in mind that it may be difficult to get on their calendar, so plan      accordingly. You may conduct the interview in person or by phone. In      advance of the interview, ask yourself: What       health care policy issue is important to me personally? What       issue do I want to bring to this person’s attention? With      this in mind, develop your list of questions for the interview around your      selected health policy issue. In addition, you may wish to include      questions related to health care reform: What       are your constituents most concerned about regarding health care reform? What       are the trade-offs associated with recent health care reform policy? To complete: Write  a 3- to 4-page paper with at least 5 scholarly references providing a summary and analysis of the interview and the health care reform issues you discussed. Include an introduction and a conclusion. Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from appropriate Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate ( at least 5 references) . Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct. This assignment is due by Thursday 04/26/18 by 10 pm. Required Readings Bodenheimer, T., & Grumbach, K. (2016). Understanding health policy: A clinical approach (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Medical. Chapter 5, “How Health Care is Organized – I: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Care” Chapter 6, “How Health Care is Organized – II: Health Delivery Systems” McClellan, M. (2010). Accountable care organizations in the era of health care reform. American Health & Drug Benefits, 3(4), 242–244. The PPACA of 2010 encourages the formation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve the quality and efficiency of health care delivery. An ACO is a group of health care providers who coordinate care for their Medicare patients and share the financial incentives of health care improvement gains. Moore, K. D., & Coddington, D. C. (2010). Accountable care: The journey begins. Health Care Financial Management, 64(8), 57–63. This article provides information on the importance of health care provider organizations taking steps to become accountable care organizations (ACOs) and provides examples of systems that have historically functioned in this capacity. The authors also provide steps for developing and transitioning to an ACO structure. Institute of Medicine. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health. Retrieved from…

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