Assessment 4 Training Session for Policy Implementation
Develop a 2–5-page training strategies summary and annotated agenda for a training session that will prepare a role group to succeed in implementing your proposed organizational policy and practice guidelines.
Training and educating those within an organization who are responsible for implementing and working with changes in organizational policy is a critical step in ensuring that prescribed changes have their intended benefit. A leader in a health care profession must be able to apply effective leadership, management, and educational strategies to ensure that colleagues and subordinates will be prepared to do the work that is asked of them.
As a master’s-level health care practitioner, you may be asked to design training sessions to help ensure the smooth implementation of any number of initiatives in your health care setting. The ability to create an agenda that will ensure your training goals will be met, and will fit into the allotted time, is a valuable skill for preparing colleagues to be successful in their practice.
Patient Safety and Risk Prevention
BLUMENTHAL, D., ABRAMS, M., & NUZUM, R. (2015). THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AT 5 YEARS. THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE, 372(25), 2451–2458.
This article discusses the implementation and effects of two aspects of the ACA—expansion of health insurance and reforms of the health care delivery system.
- Siegel, M. (2015). Risk-adjusted base payments can support the move to value. Healthcare Financial Management, 69(1), 38–41.
This article provide information about how risk-adjusted payments are becoming part of the value-based payment models that are one aspect of financial planning models under the ACA.
Anthony, D. L., Appari, A., & Johnson, M. E. (2014). Institutionalizing HIPAA compliance: Organizations and competing logics in U.S. health care [PDF]. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 55(1), 108–124.
This article examines how organizational strategies and environments influence compliance with regard to health records.
Blumenthal, D. (2010). Launching HITECH. The New England Journal of Medicine, 362(5), 382–385.
- This 2010 article remains useful and relevant today and addresses how the HITECH Act sets down guidelines for meaningful use of electronic health records and fosters continued innovation in health care information technology.
- Major Health Care Regulatory Agencies
The following resources will further your understanding of the major health care regulatory agencies. They include the Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and the HHS. Compare the similarities and differences between these three major agencies that directly correlate with regulatory mandates, reimbursement, and accreditation of organizations. Leaders must understand the various requirements for which health care organizations are accountable.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2019). Accountable care organizations (ACOs). Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Serv…
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2018). HIPAA basics for providers: Privacy, security, and breach notification rules [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare…
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (n.d.). HIPAA for professionals. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/index.h…
- U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. (n.d.). Special topics in health information privacy. Retrieved from http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding…
Performance Improvement Strategies
Ongoing quality and performance improvement in health care is crucial for sustainability. As technology improvements lead to better outcomes, consumer expectations rise. Health literacy has created an informed customer, and the patient experience is a measurement directly related to reimbursement for hospitals and health care organizations.
Performance improvement strategies that have been applicable in manufacturing and automotive industries are now commonplace in health care. Leaders must understand their critical role in continuous improvement in their organizations.
Read the following to gain a better understanding of performance improvement strategies.
- Dannapfel, P., Poksinska, B., & Thomas, K. (2014). Dissemination strategy for Lean thinking in health care. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 27(5), 391–404.
- Gershengorn, H. B., Kocher, R., & Factor, P. (2014). Management strategies to effect change in intensive care units: Lessons from the world of business: Part II. Quality-improvement strategies. Annals of the American Thoracic Society, 11(3), 444–453.
The first part of this article discusses methods for collecting, presenting, and disseminating data. The second part discusses four quality improvement tools, which may be helpful in completing the assessment.
Training Strategies for Policy Implementation
This multimedia activity provides an opportunity for you to check your knowledge of training best practices, before you begin the assessment.
- Library Research Guide
YOU MAY CHOOSE OTHER RESOURCES TO PREPARE FOR THIS ASSESSMENT; HOWEVER, YOU WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE APPROPRIATE, CREDIBLE, AND VALID. THE NHS-FP6004 – HEALTH CARE LAW AND POLICY LIBRARY GUIDE CAN HELP DIRECT YOUR RESEARCH.
Note: Remember that you can submit all, or a portion of, your draft strategy summary and annotated training agenda to Smarthinking for feedback, before you submit the final version for this assessment. If you plan on using this free service, be mindful of the turnaround time of 24–48 hours for receiving feedback.
- To help ensure a smooth roll out and implementation of your proposed policy and practice guidelines, design a training session for one of the role groups in the organization that will be responsible for implementation.
Write a brief summary of your strategies for working with your chosen role group.
Explain how this training session will help prepare the group to succeed in implementing your proposed policy and practice guidelines, and why you chose this group to pilot your proposal.
- Prepare an annotated agenda for a two-hour training session.
During this training session, you will want to ensure that the individuals you are training understand the new policy and practice guidelines. You will need them to buy into the importance of the policy in improving the quality of care or outcomes and their key role in successful policy implementation. You must help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in implementing the policy and practice guidelines.
As outcomes of this training session, participants are expected to:
- Understand the organizational policy and practice guidelines to be implemented.
Understand the importance of the policy to improving quality or outcomes.
Understand that, as a group, they are key to successful implementation.
Possess the necessary knowledge and skills for successful implementation.
The strategy summary and annotated training agenda requirements outlined below correspond to the scoring guide criteria, so be sure to address each main point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. In addition, be sure to note the requirements for document format and length and for supporting evidence.
Summarize evidence-based strategies for working with the role group to obtain their buy-in and prepare them to implement the new policy and apply the associated practice guidelines to their work.
- Why will these strategies be effective?
What measures might provide early indications of success?
Explain the impact of the new policy and practice guidelines.
HOW THEY WILL BE IMPLEMENTED?
How will they affect the daily work routines and responsibilities of the role group?
Justify the importance of the new policy and practice guidelines with regard to improving the quality of care or outcomes related to the role group’s work.
How will the policy and guidelines help improve the quality of care or outcomes?
Explain the role group’s importance in implementing the new policy and practice guidelines.
- Why is the work and buy-in of the role group important for successful implementation?
How could you help the group feel empowered by their involvement during implementation?
Determine appropriate and effective instructional content, learning activities, and materials for the training session.
How will each proposed activity on your agenda support learning and skill development?
- Can you complete the training within the allotted two hours?
Organize content so ideas flow logically with smooth transitions.
Proofread your strategy summary and training agenda, before you submit it, to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on the substance of your strategies.
Support main points, assertions, arguments, conclusions, or recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
Be sure to apply correct APA formatting to source citations and references.
- Example Assessment: You may use the Assessment 4 Example [PDF] to give you an idea of what a Proficient or higher rating on the scoring guide would look like.
STRATEGY SUMMARY AND TRAINING AGENDA FORMAT AND LENGTH
Format your document using APA style.
- Use the APA Style Paper Template [DOCX]. The APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX] will help you in writing and formatting your strategy summary and agenda. Be sure to include:
A title page and references page. An abstract is not required.
A running head on all pages.
- Appropriate section headings.
YOUR STRATEGY SUMMARY AND AGENDA SHOULD BE 2–5 PAGES IN LENGTH, NOT INCLUDING THE TITLE PAGE AND REFERENCES PAGE.
Cite 2–4 external sources to support your strategies for working with the group you have identified and generating their buy-in, as well as for your approach to the training session, activities, and materials.
Note: Faculty may use the Writing Feedback Tool when grading this assessment. The Writing Feedback Tool is designed to provide you with guidance and resources to develop your writing based on five core skills. You will find writing feedback in the Scoring Guide for the assessment, once your work has been evaluated.
Portfolio Prompt: You may choose to save your strategy summary and agenda to your ePortfolio