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HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces
Mathur, Neil


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Course

HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

Semester

S1T 2010 DL

Faculty

Mathur, Neil

Title

Online Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Business Administration
M.Ed. Mental Health Counseling Psychology
B.A Psychology

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Mon - Fri:  9 am - 4 pm Pacific

Daytime Phone

617.240.3646

E-Mail

neil.mathur@park.edu

Semester Dates

Fall 1

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Text:  Health Policymaking in  the United States, 4th ed.
Author: Beaufort B. Longest, Jr 
ISBN: 156793245-2

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Course Description:
HC451 Health Care and the Political Process: 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 one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:

Grading Scale

Class participation will constitute 30% of your course grade.  This includes homework assignments, article summaries, and discussions.  You should post your own answer to the DQs by Wed at 11:59 pm.  You must then post at least 2 substantial responses (3 is best) to other student posts.  Each response should be about 200-300 words.  Quality matters just as much as quantity does.  Here's a tip on how to post 'substantially.'

The three most important grading criteria for your work will be breadth, depth, and application of course concepts.

  • Breadth (B):  Refers to the "number" of chapter and lecture concepts that you have applied to the homework questions, discussion, and report.
  • Depth (D):  Refers to the degree you provide "detailed" analyses to the homework questions, discussion, and report.
  • Application (A):  Refers to the chapter and lecture concepts you "apply" to your homework questions, discussion, and report. You can accomplish this by referencing page numbers, concepts such as data collection methods, etc.
A midterm exam and a final exam will be given on the textbook readings. Each will constitute 20% of your course grade.

The term paper presented in prescribed format will constitute 20% 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.

 

Grading:

Participation            30%
Final Paper             20%
Midterm Exam        20%
Article Summaries   10%
Final Exam              20%
 
Park University grades are as follows:
A= 90- 100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = < 60%

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 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
There are only 3 acceptable reasons for late submission, and all require documentation to me:
 
1. Death in the immediate family
2. Illness preventing you from completing your work
3. Power failures
 
Unless there are special circumstances discussed ahead of time with the instructor, grades for late work are deducted 20% each day for up to three days past the due date.  After five days the work will not receive any credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course is offered on-line, over the Internet, using the ECollege computer service. Each students is expected to devote a minimum of five hours per class week logged on to the computer conferencing system. This is same amount of time you'd spend in the physical classroom. See "Ground Rules for On-line Participation" for additional information.

According to Park University guidelines, this course is divided into eight weeks with the first week beginning on the first day of the semester, a Monday, and ends midnight the following Sunday. Weeks Two through Eight also begin on Monday and end on the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by the end of the week assigned, Writing assignments and formal papers should be completed and successfully emailed so that they are in by the due date.

Ground Rules for On-line Participation:

  1. Students should use Pirate E-Mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. The Class Conference is for public messages.
  2. Students are expected to complete 5 hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web.
  3. KEEP A COPY of all course work you submit until the end of the term.
  4. All students will participate in conference discussion. Conventions of "on-line etiquette," which include courtesy to all users, will be observed.
  5. If you need assistance please contact me.
  6. Students will normally submit papers as MS Word uploaded to the computer and routed to the instructor or emailed. Please do not use any MS Works format. Overall it works well to copy your assignments from you word processing program and paste it into the e-mail.
  7. Each student is responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each online course policy. If you have any questions about any of these policies, please contact me for clarification.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Week 1 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 1

Week One Learning Outcomes:

1). Define Health and Health Policy.

2). Describe the categories of health policies and their use.

3). Analyze the connection between health policy and health.

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Wed evening at 11:59 pm. 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.



Week 2 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 2

Week Two Learning Outcomes:

1). Describe how health determinants influence the making of health policies.

2). Describe how health policy influences and impacts individuals, organizations, and interest groups



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



Week 3 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 3

Week Three Learning Outcomes:
1). Describe the context of health policymaking and the influence of suppliers and demanders of policies.

2). Compare and contrast the demanders and suppliers of health policies and what motivates them in the political market.

3). Analyze and explain the key features of the policymaking process as reflected in the schematic model.

4). Apply concepts learned about the policy making process to real world health policies.


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 5 and 6

Week Four Learning Outcomes:
1). Explain the role of Chief Executives in agenda setting at the federal level.

2). Describe the involvement of interest groups in the political circumstances that affect agenda setting.

3). Describe the nature of problems that drive policy formulation.

4). Discuss the link between agenda setting and the development of legislation.

5). Describe the steps in legislation development.

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

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 7 and 8

Week Five Learning Outcomes:

1). Describe in general terms the implementation phase of the public policymaking process.

2). Explain how legislative oversight influences policy implementation.

3). Describe the role of interest groups in rulemaking and the key features of rulemaking in the political process.

4). Describe in general terms, the operation stage of policy implementation.

5). Explain the impact of implementing organizations on policy implementation.

6). Analyze the competencies that underpin successful management in implementing organizations.



On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Wed 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 9

Week Six Learning Outcomes:
1). Discuss the distinction between policy initiation and policy modification.

2). Describe how modifications occurs in legislation development, rulemaking, and the operational stage of implementing policies.

3). Describe the cyclical relationship between rulemaking and operation and it's affect on modification of policies.

4). Explain the role of policy analysis in policy modification.


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



Week 7 Activities:

Readings

Text: Read Chapter 4

Week Seven Learning Outcomes:
1). Discuss the benefits and limitations facing organizations and interest groups that analyze their public policy environments.

2). Explain the recommended steps in conducting an effective analysis of the public policy environment of an organization.

3). Describe the concept of corporate citizenship and provide "real world" examples of organizations using it.


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


Week 8 Activities:

Week Eight Learning Outcomes:
1). Analyze the role of the political process on selected="true" term paper topic through defense of term paper.

2). Evaluate the influences of the political process on selected="true" term paper topics of one's peers.

On-Line Discussion Assignment: Complete discussion questions and post your answers in the discussion thread by Wed 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.


Article Summaries


You will be writing a paper specifically related to the issues surrounding a health policy that will be discussed in your term paper. These are basically reaction papers to articles that you will need to locate for your term paper. The summary should be about a different aspect of your approved topic for your term paper. Article Summaries and the original article should be submitted into the dropbox area for grading. Guidelines for completion of the article summary are as follows:

1. Locate a current article that examines a health issue topic that is relevant to the role of the political process on health care delivery in the United States. (A Website is not an acceptable resource, BUT journal articles found on the Internet are). Articles can be found at your local library, a college library, or from Internet sources. The article must show a correlation between the health issue and concepts discussed in your textbook. Textbooks are not an acceptable resource for this assignment.

2. Write a two-three page paper that includes the following components:

a. A summary of the article in your own words: DO NOT COPY from the article!

b. Your own personal reaction to the article: What did you learn? What did you think of the information provided?

c. Your analysis of how the article demonstrates a correlation between what we have been discussing in class (and in the text and lecture materials) about an issue.

In other words: What aspects of the article demonstrate how this particular policy issue impacts health practices, structure of, government role in, and financing of health care? What is the role of interest groups, organizations in the formation or modification of the health policy issue?

3. Submit the summary along with the copy of the article by the due date listed by Midnight on Sunday night of this week. Papers should be submitted to the drop box area.



GRADING CRITERIA

Summary of Article  2 Points
Reaction to Article    2 Points
Analysis of Article: Correlation to Course 5 Points
Format/Neatness      3 Points
Source Material         3 Points
College Level Writing Skill  5 Points

TOTAL POINTS
20 POINTS


Midterm & Final Exams
A midterm exam and a final exam will be given over the course readings, and will each constitute 20% of your course grade.

The term paper presented in prescribed format will constitute 20% 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:

20 Points

Title Page: 1 points
Introduction of Topic: 3 points

Body of Term Paper includes:

a) Role of political process on health care delivery: 2 points
b) Roles of the demanders and suppliers of health policy: 2 points
c) Description of how the political process affects costs of health care, human resources, and various health care facilities: 2 points
d) Explanation of how the various levels of government are involved in the issue and its effect on health care delivery: 2 points
e) Describe involvement of interest groups and organizations in addressing the topic: 2 points

Strategies and Recommendations for addressing healthcare issue: 3 points
Effect of current issue on future initiatives in healthcare delivery: 3 points
Sources of information in body of paper are cited using APA style format: 2 points

Reference Page: 1 points

TOTAL POINTS: 20 points

Topics should be selected="true" 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.

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.

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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
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  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 "F".
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