Healthcare Policy Analysis Paper Description
For HSM410, you will be completing a Healthcare Policy Analysis Paper . You will be
required to choose a single past, current, or proposed legislative item to analyze. Below,
you will find the deadlines and requirements of this project. All assignments related to
the project, including the final version of your paper, total 240 points, or 24% of your
overall class grade .
Healthcare Policy Analysis Paper Deadlines
Due by the end of Week 2: Submit a brief description of the problem/issue that your
legislation addresses and the legislation itself that you will analyze in your paper.
Due by the end of Week 5: Submit a formal outline of the paper, followed by a list of
your current sources.
Due by the end of Week 7: Submit the final version of your Policy Paper, including
your Works Cited page.
Healthcare Policy Analysis Paper Expectations
Topic (Week 2): 30 points
It is expected that you will provide a focused topic that identifies a problem/issue of
concern and the legislation that is/has/will address the problem. Once you have
identified your legislation, you will not be allowed to change. Complete some
preliminary research to ensure that you have enough sources and information
available to meet both the page length and number of source requirements.
Topics such as HIPAA and Medicare (for example) are too broad for this assignment.
You need to focus your topic on a specific aspect, such as the Privacy Rules of
HIPAA or the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.
Outline (Week 5): 60 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 for the topic.
After your outline, please submit a listing of the sources that you have already identified
for your paper.
I. Each Roman numeral should be a main section of the paper.
1. Details of Subpoint
a. Related details to the Subpoint
Final Paper (Week 7): 150 points
It is expected that the final version of your Healthcare Policy Analysis Paper will be 8-10
pages in length, with 6-8 sources identified. Your paper should be 12-pt. Times New
Roman font, double spaced, with standard margins. You should have a thesis statement
in your introduction identifying the legislation/policy that your paper will be addressing.
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.
Below is a list of questions that should be addressed in the body of your paper.
What is the legislation/policy that will be analyzed in this paper?
What is the problem/issue that this legislation attempts to address?
What is the history of the legislation?
Has (or will) the legislation been effective in addressing the problem or issue?
What group(s) of people have been the most affected by the problem?
Is there any information on the future of this legislation? (Revision, obsolete,
status of bill, etc.)
Review the tutorials available in THE HUB on research, plagiarism, and APA citations. In
addition, there are APA review materials available in Doc Sharing and in the Syllabus.
For instructions on how to use the Dropbox , please click here .
A quality paper will include proper citations
and a Works Cited page. The number of sources
identified and cited meets the paper
A quality paper will include an introduction
based upon a well-formed thesis statement. The
logical order of the content will be derived
from the thesis statement. The content will be
properly subdivided into sections derived from
the outline. The conclusion will summarize the
previously presented content, and will
complement the thesis statement from the
A quality paper will be free of any spelling,
punctuation, or grammatical errors. Sentences
and paragraphs will be clear, concise, and
A quality paper will meet the page requirement
and have significant scope and depth of
research to support any statements. Relevant
illustration or examples are encouraged. A
quality paper will employ sound use of
reasoning and logic to reinforce conclusions.
A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the
Final Paper Rubric
Final Paper Rubric
Content – 50% of overall grade
Meets Page Requirement
Depth and Scope of Research
Answers all of project questions
Use of sound logic
Editing – 10% of overall grade
Spelling, Punctuation, or Grammatical Errors
Sentence Meaning Unclear
Misstatement of Fact
Introduction; Thesis statement clearly identified legislation to be
Body text follows an organized plan to address the main points
Content sub-divisions follow outline
Conclusion summarizes; complements thesis; contains no new
Properly uses in-text citation
Organization and Cohesiveness
Organization – 25% of overall grade
Documentation – 15% of overall grade
Total (not to exceed)
Documentation and Formatting