Assignment 1: Discussion Questions

Week 4: Week 4 – W4 Assignment 1 Discussion

Discussion Assignment: Week 4(1 ½ -2 pages).

Assignment 1: Discussion Questions

The discussion assignment provides a forum for discussing relevant topics for this week based on the course competencies covered.

For this assignment, make sure you post your initial response to the Discussion Area by Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

To support your work, use your course and text readings and also use outside sources. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.

Start reviewing and responding to the postings of your classmates as early in the week as possible. Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by Sunday, June 5, 2016.

(1)Long-Term Care in the U.S.

Determine the average daily cost of nursing home care in your state. Discuss the funding options (public and private) that exist to pay for long-term care. What policy and financing recommendations would you make to ensure that long-term care is available for everyone who needs the services in the U.S.? Please justify your answer.

(2) Rationing of Healthcare Services

Healthcare services can be rationed by governmental rationing or by allowing those who can afford the services to purchase the services. If you were the chairperson of a medical ethics committee faced with the decision concerning which of the following patients would receive a heart transplant, what decision would you make and what justification would you give to the families of each of the patients for making that decision?

Patient 1: A seventy-six-year-old nonsmoker with good pulmonary and renal function is a good candidate for a heart transplant, and his life expectancy without the transplant is one month. The patient has the resources to pay cash for the transplant procedure and follow-up care.

Patient 2: A forty-six-year-old unemployed auto worker with a history of alcohol use and smoking suffered a heart attack and will die within one month if he does not receive a heart transplant. The patient does not have health insurance, nor does he have the resources to pay for the procedure.

Presents the grading criteria and rubric for this assignment.                          Maximum Points.

Quality of initial posting                                                                                              40

Participation in discussion                                                                                            20

Writing mechanics (spelling, grammar, APA) and information literacy                 20

Total                                                                                                                                   80

Week 4 Assignment 2

Week 4: Week 4 – W4 Assignment 2

Turnitin Assignment 2

: The Affordable Care Act

Over the next few weeks, you will explore many of the critical components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Each week, a different provision will be introduced. Your assignments will include researching the provision and explaining the changes that will occur with the ACA.

In Week 4, you will explore changes to Medicare included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


The U.S. created Medicare, a publically funded healthcare program, to assist people sixty-five years of age and older in obtaining healthcare services.


(1)Identify the legislation that introduced Medicare and the funding source for the program.

(2)Identify some of the changes that have occurred in the Medicare program since its inception.

(3) Describe the demographics of the population covered by Medicare and identify the number of people in the U.S. covered by Medicare.

(4)Describe the changes that will occur in Medicare with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

(5)Research the ages of individuals in your state by reviewing information available on the website How do you think the changes in Medicare will affect the citizens and legal residents in your state?

Submit your answers in a 4- to 5-page Microsoft Word document. Support your answers with appropriate examples and research.

Submission Details:

By Saturday, June 4, 2016, submit your report to the W4 Assignment 2 Turnitin.

Cite all references in APA format.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria          

Maximum Points

Included the legislation that created, Medicare and the funding sources for the program.           


Discussed some of the changes that have, occurred in the Medicare program since its inception.           


Discussed the demographics of the population covered by Medicare.        


Described the changes that will occur in Medicare with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Described the impact on citizens and legal residents of a state.     


Used correct spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. Cited all sources using APA format.      




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