POLICY AND ADVOCACY FOR IMPROVING POPULATION HEALTH NURS 6050 WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT AND RUBRICS. Week 2: Introduction to Health Care Delivery, Part II…

POLICY AND ADVOCACY FOR IMPROVING POPULATION HEALTH

NURS 6050 WEEK 2 ASSIGNMENT AND RUBRICS.

Week 2: Introduction to Health Care Delivery, Part II

Although the current U.S. health care delivery system offers undeniable benefits, according to many, the negatives are becoming increasingly unacceptable to greater numbers of people. Rising costs, consumer activism, and a changing model of health care delivery are driving health care reform. The movement to reform health care has stimulated great political and social interest, promoting debate and action at local, state, and federal levels. Those in the nursing profession can play a pivotal role in the reform movement.

This week, you will consider the role of nurses as leaders in health care reform as you examine the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations for areas in which nursing education and training need to be strengthened to better prepare nurses to be effective leaders.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

Evaluate the current state of research efforts on the Institute of Medicine’s priorities for transforming nursing leadership

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Learning Resources

Required Readings

Knickman, J. R., & Kovner, A. R. (Eds.). (2015). Health care delivery in the united states (11th ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Chapter 6, “Public Health: A Transformation for the 21st Century” (pp. 108-117)

This section of Chapter 6 outlines the roles of various government health agencies, as well as the powers and responsibilities of state versus federal institutions.

Chapter 12, “Health Care Costs and Value” (pp. 253-295)

Chapter 16, “The Future of Health Care Delivery and Health Policy” (pp. 333-342)

These chapters relate the recent history of health care reform in the United States, beginning with the federal health reform struggles in the 1990s and leading up to the passage of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

 National Academy of Sciences. (2011). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2011). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Copyright 2011 by the National Academies Press. Reprinted by permission.

Chapter 4, “Transforming Education”

Read Chapters 4 and 7, as they will inform the Week 2 Discussion. Chapter 4 addresses the “key message” that nurses should obtain high levels of education and training through a better education system that encourages continuous academic progression, and it reviews various levels of nursing education, from undergraduate and graduate programs to the professional setting.

 National Academy of Sciences. (2011). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2011). The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Copyright 2011 by the National Academies Press. Reprinted by permission.

Chapter 7, “Recommendations and Research Priorities”

Read Chapters 4 and 7, as they will inform the Week 2 Discussion. Chapter 7 supplies context surrounding the recommendations of the Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing. The chapter specifies the committee’s scope and focus, the evidence that supports its recommendations, the costs associated with the recommendations, and methods of implementing recommendations.

 Responsible Reform for the Middle Class. (n.d.) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Retrieved from http://dpc.senate.gov/healthreformbill/healthbill04.pdf

This website provides a full summary and updates on the state of the Senate’s health bill.

Required Media

Laureate Education (Producer). (2012e). Introduction to healthcare delivery, part II: Healthcare reform. Baltimore, MD: Author.

Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 16 minutes.

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Optional Resources

Koller, C., Brennan, T., & Bailit, M. (2010). Rhode Island’s novel experiment to rebuild primary care from the insurance side. Health Affairs, 29, 941-947.

Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article describes the plans of Rhode Island’s Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner to strengthen and expand primary care within the state by increasing medical expenses devoted to primary care.

 American Hospital Association. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.aha.org/

This is the website for this national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities.

 Democratic Policy Committee (n.d.a). Affordable care act: Implementation timeline. Retrieved from http://dpc.senate.gov/healthreformbill/healthbill65.pdf

This article provides information on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act from the Democratic Policy Committee.

 Democratic Policy Committee (n.d.b). The patient protection and affordable care act: Summary of health care and revenue provisions. Retrieved from http://dpc.senate.gov/healthreformbill/healthbill62.pdf

This document outlines how the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act will give 32 million Americans access to affordable health care.

 Democratic Policy Committee. (2010). The benefits of health reform (state-by-state reports). Retrieved from http://dpc.senate.gov/dpcdoc.cfm?doc_name=sr-111-2-41

Through this website, visitors can learn how health reform will affect them individually by state.

 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation: Health Reform Source. (2012). Retrieved from http://kff.org/health-reform/

This website provides an in-depth analysis of the many aspects and issues influencing health reform.

Discussion: Nurses as Leaders in Health Care Reform

As health care delivery in the United States continues to evolve, either through mandates, improved technologies and training, or other drivers, nurses remain at the forefront in facilitating the success of new initiatives. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine formed a committee of experts to address the following question: “What roles can nursing assume to address the increasing demand for safe, high-quality, and effective health care services?” In the final report of the committee, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the authors stated:

This report offers recommendations that collectively serve as a blueprint to (1) ensure that nurses can practice to the full extent of their education and training, (2) improve nursing education, (3) provide opportunities for nurses to assume leadership positions and to serve as full partners in health care redesign and improvement efforts, and (4) improve data collection for workforce planning and policy making. (p. 10)

For this Discussion, you will focus on the research recommendations presented by the committee concerning the role of nurses as leaders. The committee members believe that answers to these research questions are needed to advance the profession of nursing and to further expand their role in health care reform and improvement.

To prepare:

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