HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

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HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces


S2AA 2010 LC


Press, Paul P.


Adjunct Faculty


MA  Management/ Health Care Administration

Daytime Phone

210 494 6371

Other Phone

210 387 3027 (cell)



Semester Dates

March 15 - May 5th

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Health Policymaking in the United States, 4th 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:
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:
Lectures, Examinations, Research Papers, Article Reviews, Case Studies and Discussions

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 (Mid-Term and Final), Research Paper and Presentation. Article Reviews and Class Participation. 


Two Exams worth 70%. Research Paper 20%. Article Reviews 5% and Participation 5%
 90%-95%=A, 80%-89%=B, 70%-79%=C, 60%-69%=D, Below 60%=F

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:
The Term Paper will be submitted on the first meeting of the eighth week of class.
 An Exam will be made up only after a legitimate reason for missing has been established, i.e, sickness,TemporaryDuty or an emergency situation determined by the Instructure.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attendance will be taken in each class session.
Classes may be missed for legitimate reasons such as temporary duty or illness. The student is responsible to obtain the missedwork, obtain lecture notes and handouts. If you know you are going to miss a class, please  let me know ahead of time through my e-mail ppress4@aol.com or by phone (cell 210 387 3027).
Participate in class discussions
Turn off cell phones and pagers during class
Please complete the on-line survey after course completion

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Week 1 Administrative announcements, discussion of the syllabus. Lecture chapter 1 Health and Health Policy. Class discussion and review the questions at the end of the chapter.
 Week 2 The impact of Health Policy. The role of the Political Process on Health Care Delivery in the United States.
 Week 3 The context and Process of Health Policymaking. In whose interest does the Physician act?
 Week 4 Policy competency. Organization design to support policy competency.
 Week 5 Mid-Term Exam chapters 1-4. Chapter 5 Policy Formulation.
 Week 6 CHAPTER 6 Policy Implementation. Employer mandated Nation Health Insurance. The politics of Health Care Reform.
 Week 7 Policy Modification. The role of government in Health Care. Student Presentations/Research papers.
 Week 8 Chapter Political Competence. Review for the final chapters 5-8 and finish the presentations/Research papers. Final Exam.

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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