Discuss how the selected ACA provision is intended to improve healthcare costs, improve access to healthcare, and/or improves quality of care.

Unit 1 ACA Forum Discussion Forum Discussion
The primary purpose of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), know commonly as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is to improve cost, access, and quality of care by regulating the health care industry and implementing healthcare financing and healthcare delivery models. Provisions included in the ACA are intended to expand access to insurance, increase consumer protections, emphasize prevention and wellness, improve quality and system performance, expand the health workforce, and curb rising health care costs.

A summary of the ACA is provided below; however, students are expected to immerse themselves into the literature to gain a deeper understanding.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Grading Rubric

/0.5 Introduction: Include a single introductory paragraph. The paragraph should end with a single sentence thesis statement summarizing the purpose of the discussion.

/1.5 Summarize one (1) provision of the ACA. Provide name and number of provision and the title the provision is associated with.

/3 Discuss how the selected ACA provision is intended to improve healthcare costs, improve access to healthcare, and/or improves quality of care.

/3 Discuss the economic and financial implications related to the selected ACA provision.

/3 Discuss whether the ACA provision is working or not working. Provide current data to support your discussion.

/0.5 Conclusion: Provide a single paragraph summary of the main points of the discussion.

/2 Substantial cross posts to at least two (2) other students. Students should select ACA provision topics other than the topic selected for discussion in their initial post. The cross posts provide new or supplemental information to the original posting or raise additional areas for discussion. New or additional peer reviewed references should be cited in both cross posts.

/1.5 Students demonstrate active engagement in the discussion by responding to cross posts from their peers to their initial posting. References are not required for these responses. The key to this section is to demonstrate active engagement in the discussion through your interaction with your peers- watch for posts from your classmates and acknowledge their posting. *Note: if the student does not have peer cross posts for the initial posting, these points will be incorporated into the cross post section above

/15 Total Points

Overall points are awarded based on the quality of the posts and the degree to which the submissions contribute to class discussion. Students must show evidence of engagement throughout the discussion and postings should reflect application of the assigned lesson materials.

For the forum discussions:

Each student will post an initial discussion post of 750-1000 words in the forum. Support your discussion with at least 3-5 references.
Students will then cross posts to at least two other students contributing to a robust class discussion. Each cross posts should be 250-500 words. Be sure to include at least one reference in each crosspost as well. Students should utilize different references than used in initial posting.
Students will be expected to respond to cross posts from their peers.
APA formatting with reference citations. Primary references should be timely, published within the previous five (5) years.
Submit initial post to turnitin.com prior to posting in forum. Do not post turnitin similarity report in forum.
No title page is required in the Forum.
Use heading consistent with rubric for initial post.
First person may be used.
All posts should be posted in the text box – Do not attach documents that require opening to read. Be sure to review the instructions for copying and pasting from a Word document into Sakai forums that can be found in the Student Resources and Policies tab of the site.
When posting the initial forum discussion, select “start a new conversation”.
Title initial post using title/brief description of selected provision.
When posting the cross post, select “reply to initial message” to post your cross posts.
Once you have completed your initial post, submit a PDF copy of turnitin report (initial post only) to the designated ‘Assignment’ area.
It is not acceptable to “Edit” your Forum post after the due date or after receiving feedback from faculty or your peers .
Up to 20% of the total points for this assignment may be deducted for an overall lack of scholarship to include: late posts, APA errors, grammatical errors, incorrect spelling, over the limit, failure to follow instructions, etc.

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