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HC 451 Health Care and the Political Process
Grabanski, Julie Lynn


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

HC 451 Health Care and the Political Process

Semester

U1T 2006 DL

Faculty

Grabanski, Julie Lynn

Title

Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Science in Health Administration
B.S. in Occupational Therapy

Office Location

Grand Forks, ND

Office Hours

9-10 Central Standard Time

Other Phone

(701) 775-3696

E-Mail

julie.grabanski@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

June 5, 2006- July 30, 2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Beaufort B. Longest, Jr. (2005).  Health Policymaking in the United States, 4th ed., Health Administration Press, Chicago, IL.  ISBN 1-56793-2452

Publication Manual of American Psychological Association, 5th Ed., American Psychological Association. (2001).  Washington, DC:  Author

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


Course Description:
Analysis of the process of health policy formation at the federal, state, and  local levels from historical and contemporary perspectives.  Specific topics  will include cost controls, utilization review, methods of changing public and private health policies, and political factors in health care delivery.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, article summaries, examinations, interviews, discussions, and research on the internet

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the role of the political process on health delivery in the United States.
  2. Describe how the political process affects cost of health care, human resources, and various health facilities.
  3. Describe and analyze the key roles of demanders and suppliers of health policies
  4. Discuss how politics at all levels of government affect health care delivery.
  5. Explain the current and future issues in health policy and the role of government in the formulation of health  policy.
  6. Interpret the role of specific interests in the health care industry and the effect on health policy decisions and  organization and delivery of health care
  7. Evaluate the roles of local, state, and federal politics on the current and future developments of health care delivery.
Class Assessment:
Grading Criteria –

Letter grades will be used, to include A, B, C, D and F.  Pluses and minuses will be used in projects and other course components, but University policy precludes the use of pluses and minuses in final course grades.

Grading Scale –

In-class writing assignments and class participation will constitute 50% of your course grade.  This includes homework assignments, article summaries, peer review, and discussions.

A midterm exam and a final exam will be given over current issues presented in class, readings and the content of papers developed by students, and will constitute 25% of your course grade.

The term paper presented in prescribed format will constitute 25% of your course grade, and is expected to be approximately ten to fifteen double spaced pages in length not including the reference and title pages.

Term paper:  Write a paper about a current issue in health care that is currently being addressed in the process of health policymaking.   Include in the paper:

1) The role of the political process on health care delivery

2) The roles of the demanders and suppliers of health policies

3) How the political process affects cost of health care, human resources, and various health care facilities.

4) Explain how the various levels of government are involved in the political process and its effect on health care delivery

5) Describe involvement of interest groups and organizations in addressing the issues to sway modifications to the policy and/or formation of the policy.

6) Describe any strategies and recommendations made to resolve this current issue. Include any specific interests in the health care industry that would have an effect on health policy decisions.

7)Finally, discuss how this current issue could affect future initiatives in health care delivery.  

GRADING OF PAPER:

200 Points

Approved Topic by the Instructor:  5 points

Title Page: 5 points

Introduction of Topic: 10 points

Body of Term Paper includes:

a)       Role of political process on health care delivery: 20 points

b)       Roles of the demanders and suppliers of health policy: 20 points

c)       Description of how the political process affects costs of health care, human resources, and various health care faciltiies:  20 points

d)       Explanation of how the various levels of government are inolved in the issue and its effect on health care delivery:  20 points

e)       Describe inovlement of interest groups and organizations in addressing the topic:  20 points

Strategies and Recommendations for addressing healthcare issue:  30 points

Effect of current issue on future initiatives in healthcare delivery:  30 points

Sources of information in body of paper are cited using APA style format: 10 points

Reference Page: 10 points

TOTAL POINTS:  200 points

Topics should be selected and approved by the end of Week One, but not later than the end of Week Two.

The entire term paper will be submitted at the end of Week Eight, for grading.

(There will be opportunity for revisions in each section, based on interaction with the professor and peer reviews until the end of Week 7.)

The final exam must be completed and submitted Saturday of Week Eight by Midnight. Please check your calendar dates and arrange to complete the final accordingly.

Grading:
GRADING PLAN:

Midterm Examination
100 points

Final Paper
200 points

Class Participation
240 points

Final Examination
100 points

Article Summary (2)
100 points

Peer Review (2)
  50 points

TOTAL POINTS
790 points



Total Points for the course will be converted to a percentage grade, and letter grades will be assigned as follows:  

Grading Scale
 

A=
90- 100% (711 to 790 points)

B =
80-89% (632 to 710 points)

C =
70-79% (553 to 631 points)

D =
60-69% (474 to 552 points)

F =
< 60% (473 or fewer points)



Final examination - A final Examination will be taken by during the final week (Week eight or sixteen) at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.  It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who will be accepted and approved by the instructor.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found at the Park University Website.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to me for approval.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday midnight, Central Standard Time, the time zone of the home campus in Parkville, Missouri. Good students who anticipate receiving an “A” or a “B” in the course will have reviewed the material and posted some of the assignments by midweek, so as to have time to engage in class discussions in a meaningful way.  Failure to do so is the equivalent to coming to a traditional class late.  Posting course assignments late in the week will likely have a negative impact on performance and grades.
Submission of Late Work: Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instructor, grades for late work are deducted 10% each day for up to five days past the due date.  After five days the work will not receive any credit
Submission of Late Work: Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instructor, grades for late work are deducted 10% each day for up to five days past the due date.  After five days the work will not receive any credit


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 Activities:  

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 1

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Thursday evening.  Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.  Also, please post your e-mail address, along with a brief work and/or educational background to the Discussion Area.

Homework: Select a topic for the individual term paper related to the effect of health policy on health care delivery.  Submit selected topic in discussion thread.  Topics must be approved by instructor.

Week 2 Activities:  

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 2

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Thursday evening.  Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.  

Homework: List sources available to assist in writing paper on an approved topic and post in the discussion thread by the end of the week.  Interact with classmates as appropriate.


Week 3 Activities:  

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 3

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Thursday evening.  Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.  

Homework: Complete article summary related to term paper topic by the end of the week and post the article summary in the dropbox area.


Week 4 Activities:  

Readings

Text: Read Chapters 4 and 5

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Thursday evening.  Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.  

Homework:  Complete the Introduction to the topic portion of your term paper and post it in the document sharing area of the course by the end of the week.

Midterm Test:  The midterm test is located in Week 4.  The test will need to be completed before the end of the week.



Week 5 Activities:  

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 6

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Thursday evening.  Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete the 2nd article summary on your term paper topic and submit the article along with the article summary in the dropbox area by the end of the week.


Week 6 Activities:  

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 7

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Thursday evening.  Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete an outline of your term paper and submit it in the document sharing area by the end of the week.


Week 7 Activities:  

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 8

In-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Thursday evening.  Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete a rough draft of your term paper and submit it into the document sharing area by the end of the week.


Week 8 Activities:

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Thursday evening.  Respond to classmates postings as appropriate.

Homework: Complete the final draft of your term paper and submit it to the dropbox area for grading by the instructor by Sunday of the eighth week.


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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Last Updated:5/22/2006 11:25:45 AM