Program/policy evaluation is a valuable tool that can help strengthen the quality of programs/policies and improve outcomes for the populations they serve. Program/policy evaluation answers basic questions about program/policy effectiveness. It involves collecting and analyzing information about program/policy activities, characteristics, and outcomes. This information can be used to ultimately improve program services or policy initiatives.

Nurses can play a very important role assessing program/policy evaluation for the same reasons that they can be so important to program/policy design. Nurses bring expertise and patient advocacy that can add significant insight and impact. In this Assignment, you will practice applying this expertise and insight by selecting an existing healthcare program or policy evaluation and reflecting on the criteria used to measure the effectiveness of the program/policy…

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Healthcare Program/Policy EvaluationMedicaid
DescriptionMedicaid is a program that is funded and implemented by both the state and the federal government as depicted by Szanton et al. (2018). Medicaid helps in providing medical support for low-income earners and helps those that are not covered by the Medicare program. The Medicaid program is intended to help people receiving care in both personal care services and those that are receiving care in the nursing homes. The program has been instrumental in ensuring that the quality of health of the people is assured.
How was the success of the program or policy measured?  The success of the Medicaid program can be seen from the number of people who have been able to get health services using the support from the program. The success of the program as well as expected to be measured from the support that it gets from the community and the organizations that help in the provision of care with the support of the program. The kind of care that is got by the low-income earning persons is expected to play a role in the determination of the chances of success since access to care is assured.
How many people were reached by the program or policy selected? How much of an impact was realized with the program or policy selected?According to Gordon et al. (2020), more than 68 million people in the US have registered to benefit from the Medicaid program. The low income earning persons have been able to access better health services and there is an ease in the advancement of the standard of health of the people. The authors add that as of 2017, there were more than 68 million beneficiaries of Medicaid with an expenditure of $577 billion during the year. This is an implication that there has been an improvement in the quality of health of patients.

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