Affordable Care Organizations
Each case study includes a description of the assignment and a grading rubric. Assignments are
submitted in Blackboard under “Submissions”.
Instructions for Developing Case Study Analysis
Purpose of a case study is to build upon your foundational knowledge gained from the assigned
readings and create an analysis of an assigned topic using critical thinking skills.
Read each case and the questions carefully. Most errors occur when students do not answer the
actual question. I read many interesting papers about the assigned topic that do not answer
questions, and unfortunately do not receive a passing grade, regardless of how well written.
Work is evaluated for a logical approach as well as accurate content. Use Case Study Resources to learn how to approach assignment in terms of critical thinking.
Write a critical analysis of selected theme using evidence based literature and not based on your
own opinions, values or beliefs. This is not an assignment to write summaries of other persons’
work; this is a course where you must demonstrate the ability to think critically and to apply
models and theories to real world situations.
You must know how to conduct research to obtain journal publications — ((evidence-based (EB)
literature))– and how to use the library databases for obtaining information. You can request
assistance from the library staff, if needed. [ firstname.lastname@example.org]. The ODU Information Literacy
Tutorials provide you this instruction.
References should be less than 7 years old and a minimum of 5 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Any reputable websites (such as government websites, like the CDC, CMS, etc.) count above
the 5 minimum EB sources. Sources like newspapers, blogs, and Wikipedia are unacceptable for
use as a reference. Use your textbook for your own foundational knowledge but do not quote or
Include an introductory and closing paragraph. Use subheadings to delineate the case questions.
Headings should match the question content. I should not have to guess the topic.
Instructions for Formating Case Study Paper
All typed work should be double-spaced, use Arial or Times New Roman, font size 12.
Basic knowledge of writing is required, such as how to construct a paragraph, an introduction
and closing. This is a technical report written in 3rd person and without contractions (cann’t,
don’t, doesn’t, wont’t, etc.).
Must use APA Style format for entire work: cover page, page numbering, subheadings, citations,
Cover page must include number and title of case, your name, course number and name (CHP
390 U.S. Healthcare Delivery System), instructor’s name (Dr. Shuman), date of submission, word
count, and ODU Honor Pledge. Headers are not needed so please do not use.
Paper should be 800-1,000 words. Any less indicates insufficient content and is an automatic
failure. Assignments 5% in excess of the word count (50 words) will be penalized. Cover page
and references are excluded from the word count.
Do not use direct quotes, but rather paraphrase original work and include citation and
corresponding reference. See APA Style.
Similarity Index for this assignment is at 20%. Any paper with a similarity index greater than 20%
will be penalized with automatic failure. I only count highlights within the body of the paper.
Sentences typically get highlighted that are too similiar to original work or have improper
citations. You have multiple opportunities for submission so that you can check your work, edit
Please submit the assignments in the designated Drop Box in BLACKBOARD. NO other
submission method is acceptable. Never email papers to instructor.
All assignments are evaluated using the grading rubric. All grades on BLACKBOARD are final.
Papers less than minimum word count (800 words), with no in-text citations or with highlighting
by SafeAssign in the body of the paper receive an automatic failing grade. See Syllabus,
“Automatic Failing Grades on Assignments.”