Course Project

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Guidelines

Course Project should be 7–10 pages in length, with 10-point font, and double-spaced. Include a cover page, table of contents, introduction, body of the report, summary/conclusion, and works cited.

Even though this is not a scientific writing assignment, and is mostly creative in nature, references are still very important. At least six authoritative outside references are required. These should be listed on the last page, titled Works Cited.

Appropriate citations are required.

 

Possible Course Project Topics

 

Pros and Cons of Managed Care in America

 

Challenges in Managing Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)

 

Challenges in Managing Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs)

 

Problems in Network Contracting for Managed Care

 

Legal Issues Associated With Managed Care Contracting

 

Challenges in Utilization and Case Management in Managed Care

 

Approaches to Disease Management in Managed Care

 

Managing Quality Improvement in Managed Care

 

Achieving Effective Marketing and Sales in Managed Care

 

Achieving and Maintaining Accreditation in Managed Care

 

Preventing Fraud and Abuse in Managed Care

 

Complying With State and Federal Regulation of Managed Care

 

Problems in Medicare Managed Care

 

Problems in Medicaid Managed Care

 

Effective Information Systems in Managed Care

 

Challenges in Patient Relations for Managed Care

 

Challenges in Provider Relations for Managed Care

 

Milestones

 

The Course Project is worth 370 points (50 for the Course Project topic, 100 for the Course Project outline, 170 for the final Course Project, and 50 for the Peer Review). 

 

Topic (Week 2): 50 points 

It is expected that you will provide a focused topic, including a statement of the key challenges or problems currently associated with the topic in America.

 

Outline (Week 5): 100 points

 

It is expected that the outline be submitted in a formal outline format as demonstrated below. Your outline should show enough detail to demonstrate that you have begun thinking about the organization of your paper and the research required into the topic. After your outline, please submit a listing of the sources you have already identified for your paper.

 

Each Roman numeral should be a main section of the paper.

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Final Course Project (Week 7): 170 points 

 

It is expected that the final version of your Course Project will be 7–10 pages in length, with 6–8 sources identified. 

 

APA in-text citation is required in addition to listing all of your sources on a works cited page at the end of the document. Your grade will be affected if you do not cite or identify your sources correctly. 

 

 

Your final Course Project must include the following sections in addition to a cover page and table of contents. It may also include other sections if you deem it necessary and appropriate.

 

Introduction

Background

Define the Challenges and Problems Associated With Your Topic

Review of the Literature

Challenges/Problems Analysis

Recommend Solutions

Implementation of Solutions

Justification

Summary and Conclusion

Works Cited

Grading Rubrics

 

CategoryPointsDescription

Topic50It is expected that you will provide a focused topic, including problems currently associated with the topic in America.

Outline100It is expected that the outline be submitted in a formal outline format as demonstrated above. Your outline should show enough detail to demonstrate that you have begun thinking about the organization of your paper and the research required into the topic. After your outline, please submit a listing of the sources you have already identified for your paper.

Documentation and Formatting40The final Course Project will be properly documented and formatted in accordance with the guidelines provided.

Organization and Cohesiveness40The final Course Project will be well organized and will show a cohesive flow of information and analysis, leading to well-supported solutions and justification.

Editing40The final Course Project will be properly documented and formatted in accordance with the guidelines provided.

Content50The final Course Project content will meet all criteria as stated in the guidelines provided.

Peer Review50The final deliverable has been attached to a discussion post in Week 8 and two other projects reviewed.

Total370A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

Best Practices

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The following are the best practices in preparing this paper.

 

Cover Page—Include who you prepared the paper for, who prepared it, and the date.

Table of Contents—List the main ideas and section of your paper and the pages in which they are located. The illustrations should be included separately.

Introduction—Use a header on your paper. This will indicate you are introducing your paper.

The purpose of an introduction or opening:

 

Introduce the subject and why the subject is important.

Preview the main ideas and the order in which they will be covered.

Establish a tone of the document.

Include in the introduction a reason for the audience to read the paper. Also, include an overview of what you are going to cover in your paper and the importance of the material. (This should include or introduce the questions you are asked to answer on each assignment.)

 

Body of Your Report—Use a header titled with the name of your project. Example: “The Development of Hotel X—A World Class Resort.” Then proceed to break out the main ideas. State the main ideas, state major points in each idea, and provide evidence. Break out each main idea you will use in the body of your paper. Show some type of division, such as separate sections that are labeled; separate groups of paragraphs; or headers. You would include the information you found during your research and investigation. Sections for the HSM420 Course Project are as follows.

Background

Define the Challenges and problems associated with your topic

Review of the literature

Challenges/problems analysis

Recommended solutions

Implementation of solutions

Justification

Summary and Conclusion—Summarizing is similar to paraphrasing but presents the gist of the material in fewer words than the original. An effective summary identifies the main ideas and major support points from the body of your report. Minor details are left out. Summarize the benefits of the ideas and how they affect the industry.

Work Cited—Use the citation format as specified in the Syllabus.

Additional hints on preparing the best possible project are below.

 

Apply a three-step process of writing: plan, write, and complete.

Prepare an outline of your research paper before you go forward.

Complete a first draft, and then go back to edit, evaluate, and make any changes required.

Use visual communication to further clarify and support the written part of your report. You could use example graphs, diagrams, photographs, flowcharts, maps, drawings, animation, video clips, pictograms, tables, and Gantt charts.

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