HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

for S1OO 2007

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HC451  Health Care and the Political Process


S1OO 2007 WO


HUTTON, Angeline Beth


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Bus Admin/Accounting
Masters in. Health Care Management

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

cell -  573-644-2602


Angeline Hutton@pirate.park.edu


Semester Dates

15 Jan - 11 Mar 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM


AC 201 and AC 202

Credit Hours



The U.S. Health System - 5th Edition
Marshall and Norma Raffel and Camille K. Barsukiewicz

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Instructor will furnish 2nd book on loan to each student:  "HEALTH  POLITICS"  by Mike Magee, MD
We will match chapters with the U.S. Health System and discuss them fully, as this book considers HEALTH POLITICS, from a world wide view and global economy. 

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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 revie, methods of changing public and private health care fields. 

Educational Philosophy:
The Instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on reading, lectures, class discussion and written exams.  The instructor will utilize current events and a second book written from a Global view to stimulate class discussion.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Each student will obtain a broad overview and knowledge of the origin and functions of the U.S. Health System , including the internal and external forces that have shaped and are shaping the system.  They will have a good understanding of required actions and processes needed to go about causing, stoping or shaping changes of their own.  Each student will be able to 1.  Explain the role of the political process on health care delivery in the U.S.   2.  Describe how the political process effects cost of health care, human resources and various health facilities.  3.  Analyze the key roles of demanders and suppliers of health policies  4.  Explain the current and future issues in health policy and the role of government in the formulation of health policy.  5.  Interpret the role of specific interests in the health care industry and the effect on health policy decisions and organizations and delivery of health care.  6.  Evaluate the roles of local, state and federal politics on the current and future developments of health care delivery.
Class Assessment:
The assessment of learning will be conducted through the use of written exams, homework and class participation.



Class Participation          25 points   Present at 90% of all classess and full interaction in all discussions

Homework                     25 points

Mid-Term Exam             25 points

Final Exam                     25 points

The following scale will be used to determine letter grades:

A     90-100 points

B     80-90 points

C     70-80 points

D     60-70 points

F     Below 60 points

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
One point will be deducted for each week a homework assignment is late ( each homework assignment is worth four points).  No homework will be excepted after the 7th week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Participation in class discussion is expected and will be part of the final grade.  Students are expected to be at each class meeting and on time.  Students arriving late, leaving early or not attending will lose part of their class participation points.
Cell phones will be turned off during class. 


Class Activities,


Tests and Homework,

Meeting - 1,

Introduction - discuss the role of the Political Process on Health Care Delivery in the U.S.

Read Chapter 1

Discussion of paper and time due

Meeting - 2,

Discuss and describ how the political process affects cost of Health Care

Read Chapters 2 - 3

Home work due

Meeting - 3,

discuss how the political process affects the cost of human resources and various health facilities - discuss the government involvement in all of them

Read Chapters 4 - 5

Prepare for Midterm

Meeting - 4,

Midterm exam  Analyze the key roles of demanders and suppliers



Meeting - 5,

Professions in Health Care - development and effecting Health Policy

Read Chapters 6 $ 7


Meeting - 6,

Lecture/discussion on Long Term Financing, Interpret the role of specific interests in the health care industry and the effect on Health Policy decisions.................

Read Chapters 8  & 9

Homework due

Meeting - 7,

Evaluate the role of local, State and Federal Politics on the current and future development of Health Care Delivery.  

Read Chapters 10 @ 11


Meeting - 8,

Final exam

Class Closure

Papers due

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "W".
  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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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