HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

for F2B 2007

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HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces


F2B 2007 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Adjunct Faculty



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Semester Dates

15 October through 5 December 2007

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



           Health Policymaking in the United States, 4rd Edition, B.B. Longest, Jr., Health

           Administration Press, 2005.

Additional Resources:

             Health Policy Issues, An Economic Perspective, 3rd Edition, Paul J. Feldstein,

           Health Administration Press, 2003.

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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:

Lecture, discussion, overheads. At the end of each chapter key concepts and terms, review questions, applications, and internet resources for possible sourcesfor the students required research paper. These are all text offerings that will be ised to aid the student in understandingthe objectives of the course.

         Paper. A paper will be required of all students. The paper will be at least seven (7)

         pages long, not including the table of contents, (index) and bibliography,

         typed, and double spaced. The paper will deal with a subject in relation to the

           course and agreed upon between the student and the instructor.   

           Paper presentation. Each student will prepare a 3 to 5 minute oral presentation

           that will provide an overview of the paper the student researched on a subject

           dealing with health care and the political process. These papers will be presented

           in class with specific times to be given in class.


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:
Examinations (2), research paper, in class paper presentation.


                                         Mid-term Exam                                    30%

                                         Final Exam                                           30%

                                         Comprehensive Cases (Paper)              30%

                                         Class Participation                                10%

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The comprehensive case paper must be typewritten and submitted on or before the

          last lecture prior to the final examination. Late papers will not be accepted and a

          failing grade for that part of the course assigned. Final papers will be due on or

          before 11-28.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

          Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Students are

          expected to come to all classes and to be on time. Roll will be taken at each class

          meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty, are

          excusable; however, the student must make up the missed work. The student is

          responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence

          either prior to or immediately after the absence. Two unexcused absences are

          excessive and three unexcused absences will result in an in voluntary withdrawal

          and a grade of “F” (attendance) for the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

10/15  Administrative announcements, discussions of the syllabus. Chapter 1. Health and

           health policy. Health and health policy defined. The role and importance of policy

           competency in the pursuit of health.


10/17  Continue Chapter 1. Review questions at the end of chapter 1. The Rise in

   Medical Expenditures, (supplement resource).


10/22  Chapter 2. The Impact of Health Policy. Health policy and health determinants.


10/24  Continue Chapter 2. Health policy and individuals, organizations, and interest



10/29  Chapter 3. The Context and Process of Health Policymaking. In whose interest

 does the physician act?


10/31  Chapter 4. Policy competency. Organization design to support policy competency.


11/5    Continue Chapter 4. The human element in analyzing and influencing public policy



11/7    Mid-term Examination. Chapters 1 through 4.
11/12  Chapter 5. Policy formulation: Agenda setting. Interest group involvement.

11/14  Continue Chapter 5. The influential role of chief executives in agenda setting.

   Student Presentations.


11/19  Chapter 6. Policy formulation: Development of Legislation.

 Student Presentations.


11/21  Continue Chapter 6. Presidential action on proposed legislation. From formulation

 to Implementation. Student Presentations.


11/26  Chapter 7 and 8. Policy implementation: rulemaking and operation.

 Student Presentations.


11/28  Chapter 9. Political modification. The mechanics of the modification phase. Review

           for the final examination. Student presentations. Research papers due


12/3    Final Examination. Make-up student presentations.


12/5    Review of final examination.


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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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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