Using the EPA Guidelines.
HAPP 411, Healthcare Regulation and Quality Improvement
Health Regulation Policy Analysis Paper
The goal of the health regulation term paper is to develop an understanding of the process of
regulatory action and implementation related to health care in the United States. Students will gain
an understanding of regulatory agencies, rulemaking and implementation, stakeholders, and other
concepts. Students will also develop writing skills through a process of drafts and revisions that will
strengthen their ability to understand and communicate regulatory information to a lay audience.
All writing assignments must be submitted electronically via SafeAssign on the due date. Papers
with high SafeAssign content (more than 25%) may be subject to grade reduction for lack of
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating
Units (RIN: 2060-AR33)
Formatting of your paper must use American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.
Here is a resource you may use: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.
Papers are to be 8-12 pages of double-spaced type, not including cover page, graphs and
charts, and bibliography. Any non-text items (graphs, charts, etc) should be created by the
student and included in an appendix.
Margins – 1 inch on all sides
The paper should follow conventional structure for academic writing. Include an Introduction,
Body, and Conclusion. The body of the paper should include subheadings that either
adheres to the following outline, or subheadings of the students own choosing that included
the information in the outline. The conclusion should restate the main points and tie together
all the concepts presented in the body of the paper. Recommendations may be presented if
Papers should reference a minimum of 8 sources. If you use a source and list it in your
references you must include citations in the paper for that source.
Term Paper Content
There should be a logical flow to the content of the paper. Papers should include:
Introductions also include a thesis statement or research questions that the paper will
address. Make sure the introduction introduces the regulation, not simply the topic.
The following sections should be included with properly formatted subheaders. Students may add
additional subheadings if they feel it improves organization.
Define any terms. Answer the questions Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why
Discuss the potential market failure implications that you feel made this problem amenable to
be addressed through regulation.
Are there any free market alternatives that have tried to or could address the issue?
those who benefit and those who are impacted ‘negatively’. Consider the impact on the
business of health care and/or other agencies potentially impacted by the regulation
Cost can be financial or non-financial. Consider costs disclosed in the regulation, but also
those that are not directly incurred by the government (research, paperwork, training,
preparation, etc based costs)
Non-financial costs may be time, societal, opportunity, or other indirectly experienced costs)
+Impact and Effectiveness
This must be supported by researched evidence to support your position.
What conclusions can be drawn from this research?
What are your personal opinions on the topic after doing your research? What did you learn?
How did you feel the writing process worked for you? What would you have done differently
knowing what you know now?