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Current Trends and Issues in Managed Care

Using the South University Online library or the Internet, research on a series of topics that will help you understand the current issues regarding managed care. You can use keywords, such as (but not limited to) managed care, current trends and issues in managed care, pharmacy benefit management, or utilization management. Like many other aspects of health care, managed care is continually changing and evolving to meet current consumer and market demands. This week, you are required to write an essay on the following topics:

Pharmacy benefit managementUtilization management

Use the following guidelines for developing your essay:

Select at least two articles for each topic from the SUO library, and write a review for each source of information.Present a summary for each topic tying together the information learned about that topic.Describe and evaluate the market forces, current trends, and changes in drug benefit programs over the last fifteen years.Discuss basic approaches and techniques used in utilization management.Analyze the future of utilization management approaches. How might they change and why?Justify your ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from reputable and scholarly texts, websites, and other references.

Based on your research, summarize your findings on the selected topics and compile your observations in a 5- to 6-page Microsoft Word document.

Support your responses with examples.

CITE any sources in APA FORMAT

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Selected at least two reputable articles per topic and write a review for each source of information (each article).

20

Presented a summary for each topic.

20

Described and evaluated the market forces, current trends, and changes in drug benefit programs over the last fifteen years.

40

Discussed basic approaches and techniques used in utilization management.

20

Analyzed the future of utilization management approaches and how the techniques might change.

40

Justified your ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from reputable and scholarly texts, websites, and other references.

20

Written components.

40

Total:

200

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Annotated Bibliography

In this week, you will complete an annotated bibliography for a position paper that will be due in Week 5. For more information on the required format of the bibliography please click on annotated bibliography template. Choosing what area you would like to study in aIDictions begins with examining the following areas related to the course competencies:

Major psychological theories and principles in the field of aIDictionsHistorical link to modern issues and trends in the field of aIDictionsCurrent and evolving trends in the field of aIDictionsNature of geographic, social, cognitive, and emotional factors in the development, course, and duration of aIDictionsDifferences in patterns of aIDiction in the context of gender and developmental issuesIllegal and legal substance use issues regarding physical, social, and psychological effectsImpact of treatment and prevention methods on the incidence, course, and duration of aIDictive behaviors

Use this as a guide when choosing research articles.

Note: This is a course on psychology. Therefore, the research should relate to aIDictions but from a psychological perspective and less on purely the medical issues related to the disorders and conditions.

Choose any three of the topics mentioned above. Using the South University Online Library database (ProQuest or EBSCOHOST), find two journal articles related to each of the topic areas chosen. You need to research articles located in scholarly journals. Scholarly journal articles are also referred as primary source peer reviewed articles. You should not use web pages, magazines, newspapers, textbooks, and other books for this assignment. Also, research articles that were published within the last five or six years.

Based on your research, create a 4- document in Microsoft Word that includes:

A summary for each of the journal articles found.An analysis and evaluation for each of the journal articles found.

Support your responses with examples.

Cite any sources in APA format.

Assignment 2 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Wrote a summary for each of the journal articles found.

80

Wrote an analysis and evaluation for each of the journal articles found.

80

Used correct spelling, grammar, professional vocabulary, and APA format.

40

Total:

200

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