HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

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HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces


F1B 2010 BL


Sims, Phillip L.


Adjunct Faculty



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Semester Dates

9 August through 3 October 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours



Health Policymaking in the United States, 5th 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, end of chapter discussions, overheads, handouts, research paper, examinations.

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, end of chapter questions.


Mid-term and final examination (30% each of final grade), research paper (20% of final grade), end of chapter questions (20% of final grade).

          The following will be used to assign course letter grades.


                             90     -     100                A

                             80     -       89                B

                             70     -       79                C

                             60     -       69                D

                             Below 60                      F (also for three or more unexcused absences)




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 comprehensive case (research paper) and the end of chapter questions must be

          typewritten and submitted on or before 9/27 unless previously coordinated with the

          instructor. Late papers will be marked down one letter grade. 

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.

.      Submitting someone else’s work as your own will not be tolerated. If determined

          by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course,

          the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of  F and

          dropped from the course. The second violation results in automatic expulsion

          from the school. The Assistant Vice President will be notified in writing of the

          action taken.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

8/9      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.


8/11    Continue Chapter 1. Review questions at the end of chapter 1. The Rise in

   Medical Expenditures. (supplement resource)  How the political process affects

   cost of health care, human resources, and various health facilities.


8/16    Chapter 2. The Impact of Health Policy. Health policy and health determinants.

           The role of the political process on health delivery in the United States.


8/18    Continue Chapter 2. Health policy and individuals, organizations, and interest

           groups. Analyzing the key roles of demanders and suppliers of health services.


8/23    Chapter 3. The Context and Process of Health Policymaking. In whose interest

 does the physician act?


8/25    Chapter 4. Policy competency. Organization design to support policy competency.

8/30    Continue Chapter 4. The human element in analyzing and influencing public

           policy environments. The role of specific interests in the health care industry and

           the effect on health policy decisions and organization and delivery of health care.


9/1    Mid-term Examination. Chapters 1 through 4.

9/6     Chapter 5. Policy formulation. Agenda setting. Interest group involvement.


9/8     Continue Chapter 5. The nature of the health policy agenda.


9/13   Chapter 6. Policy implementation. Employer-mandated national health insurance.


9/15   Continue Chapter 6. The politics of health care reform. The current and future

          issues in health policy and the of government in the formulation of health policy.


9/20   Chapter 7. Policy Modification. The role of government in health care. Evaluation

          of the roles of local, state, and federal policies on the current and future

          developments of health care delivery.


9/22   Chapter 8. Political implementation: Rulemaking


9/27   Chapter 9. Policy modification. Review for the final examination. Research paper

          and end of chapter questions due.


9/29   Final examination

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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