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HC 451 Health Care and the Political Process
Ward, Robert S.


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Course

HC 451 Health Care and the Political Process

Semester

U1B 2007 BL

Faculty

Ward, Robert S.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS, Health Planning and Administration, Pennsylvania State University.
MA, Health Services Management, Webster University.

Office Hours

Before or after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone

526-7700

E-Mail

Robert.Ward@pirate.park.edu

rsward1027@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

May 28 - July 22, 2007

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Health Policymaking in the United States.  Beaufort B. Longest, Jr.  Fourth Edition.  Health Administration Press, Chicago, IL 2006.  Third Edition is also acceptable.

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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 review, methods of changing public and private health policies, and political factors in health care delivery. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is to bring real world learning into the classroom. This adult learning style will encourage critical thinking, higher-level knowledge, and a fun academic environment. The learning process will be interactive by utilizing lectures, readings, examinations, research papers, exchange of views/ideas through presentations and case studies.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core 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. 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 organization 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.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

The class assessment will be based on examinations, case studies, student presentations, and class attendance/participation.

 

Grading:

The grading plan will consist of the following:

 Midterm Test: 40 points

Final Exam: 40 points

Presentation: 15 points

Attendance and Participation: 5 points

Total Points = 100

 

The following will be used to assigned course letter grades:

90 to 100 A

80 to 89    B

70 to 79    C

60 to 69    D

 0 to 59    F (Includes 3 or more unexcused absences)

 

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:

Late assignments will not be accepted without prior instructor approval.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend all classes for the entire class period and be on time to all classes. Roll will be taken at each class meeting. If classes are missed for a legitimate reason such as temporary duty or illness the student is responsible to make up the missed work, obtain lecture notes and handouts. If you are going to miss a class, I expect to be communicated with prior to class, if possible.

Assignments must be turned in on time. Participate in classroom discussions. Be respectful when others are speaking and do not interrupt. Turn off cell phones and pagers during class period. Please do the online survey after the course completion.

 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Administrative announcements, discussion of the course description, course requirements, student handouts, and introductory comments. Discuss chapter 1 (Health and Health Policy). Students will understand the following:

  • Health Policy defined including health determinants
  • Forms of health policies
  • Categories of health care policies
  • Connection between health policy and health

Week 2: Discuss chapter 2 (Impact of Health Policy) and chapter 3 (Context and Process of Health Policy Making). Students will understand the following:

  • Understand how health determinants affect health policy
  • Be able to differentiate how individuals, organizations and interest groups affect health policy
  • The political marketplace
  • Demanders and suppliers of health policies
  • Influence of interest groups
  • Ethics in the market place
  • The public policy making model

 Week 3: Discuss chapter 4 (Policy Competency). Students will understand the following:

  • How organizational design supports policy competency
  • Analyzing public policy environments
  • Benefits and limitations and procedure of effectively analyzing public policy environments
  • Influencing public policy environments
  • The human element of public policy environments

 Week 4: Discuss chapter 5 (Policy Formulation: Agenda Setting), review of material for mid-term, and the mid-term examination (includes chapters 1 through 5 and lecture material). Students will understand the following:

  • The policy formulation phase
  • Agenda Setting
  • Interest group involvement
  • Impact of Chief Executives in agenda setting

 Week 5: Review of Mid-term. Discuss chapter 6 (Policy Formulation: Development of Legislation) and case study. Students will understand the following:

  • Originating and drafting legislative proposal’s
  • Introducing legislation to committees (house, senate, conference)
  • Inter-relationship and development with the federal budget
  • Inter-relationship and development with the state budget
  • Formulation to implementation

 Week 6: Discuss chapter 7 (Policy Implementation: Rulemaking) and case study. Students will understand the following:

  • The responsibilities the various components of rulemaking
  • Rules of rule making
  • Role of interest groups in rule making

Week 7: Discuss chapter 8 (Policy Implementation: Operation) and case study.  Students will understand the following:

  • Design impact of policy on its own operation
  • Policy goals and objectives
  • Flexibility in implementing policy
  • The impact on the implementing organization and staff

Week 8: Discuss chapter 9 (Policy Modification, final examination review, and final examination. (Includes chapters 6 through 9 and lecture material). Students will understand the following:

  • Difference between policy modification and initiatives
  • The cyclical process of policy making
  • The mechanics of the modification phase
  • The Medicare program’s modification practices
  • Role of analysis in policy modification

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:
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

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:4/29/2007 11:54:36 PM