HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

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HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces


F1OO 2011 WOX


Hutton, Angeline E.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Business Administration/Accounting
Masters in Health Care Management

Office Location

Ft. Leonard Wood

Daytime Phone

573-736-5141 home

Other Phone

573-644-2602       DO NOT LEAVE A MESSAGE




Semester Dates

August 15 - October 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours



Health Policymaking in the United States  - 5th Edition
Beaufort B. Longest, Jr.
Health Administration Press
ISBN:  978-7-56793-354-3

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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:

I feel that the student and myself enter into an 8 week partnership the first night of class.
This partnership is the direct result of the choice of the adult student that choose  this class to advance his/her knowledge  in this field of study. 
To that end, I will give much energy and attention to providing support and infomation for discussion and critical thought and will expect the student to do the same. 

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will be able to discuss and explain many of the definitions of Health and Health Policy in the U.S.
  2. Students will have a better understanding of the phrase "authoritive decisions"within government that pertain to Health and the pursuit of Health
  3. Students will be comfortable discussing our long history of incremental and modest steps that led, and lead  to the "authoritiative decisions" that comprise Health Care Policy today
  4. Students will be better able to analyze and interpret the new Health Care Legislation and Health Care Law
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Assessment will be conducted through weekly assignments, the use of 2 written exams, research and a final research paper. 


The following scale will be used to determine letter grades:
Class assignments and participation - 25% - 100 points  
Midterm examination - 25% - 100 points
Research and resulting paper - 20%  - 80 points  (a 20 page research paper and presentation)
Final exam - 30% - 120 points
Total points possible -  400 points
A - 90 - 100 points     B - 80 - 89 points       C -  70 - 79 points     D -  60  - 69 points   F -  Below 60 points

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:
Course work 1 -2 weeks with a valid reason will be accepted    WITH A CORRESPONDING REDUCED GRADE
Assignments past 2 weeks late WILL NOT  be accepted
Final exam and any course work WILL NOT  be accepted past the 8th and final night of class

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Each student will be expected to be on time, and present for the entire class
Each student will be expected to have read and completed the assigment and prepared for full particiaption in each class
Full respect for fellow students and instructor MUST be present at all times
Cell phones are to be turned off during class time.  Short periodic breaks will be allowed to attend to any outside matters. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Each student will be expected to complete aMLA style,  20 page research paper and presentation by Class 8.
Outline of main body of paper will be due for approval at Class 4
Class I -  Aug 18 -   Read Chapters 1  -  Introductions -  Grading plan -  Instructor and Student expectations - Research Topic and paper discussion  - Students will discuss the definition of Health and Health Policy. We will describe and discuss categories of Health policies and their use, while analyzing the connection between health and health policy. 
Class II - Aug. 25  -  Read Chapters 2 and 3-   Discussion and study on the impact of Health Policy - Students will be able to describe the context of health policymaking and the influence of demanders of policies.  Compare and contrast the demanders and suppliers of health policies and what motivates them in the political market. 
Class III - Sept. 1 -  Read Chapter 4 - Plan for discussion and study of policy competency- Students will be able to discuss the benefits and limitations facing organizations and interest groups that analyze their public policy environments and to describe the concept of corporate citizenship, while providing "real world" examples of organizations using it. 
Class IV - Sept. 8 -     MIDTERM EXAM   -   RESEARCH OUTLINES DUE  -  Read chapter 5 - discussion on Policy Formulation -   -   Students will gain the ability to explain the role of Chief Executives in agenda setting at the federal level and describe the involvement of interest groups in the political circumstances that affect agenda setting. 
Class V - Sept. 15 -    Read Chapter 6 for lecture and discussion  -  Students will be able to describe the nature of problems that drive policy formulation, discuss the link between agenda setting and the development of legislation, along with the steps in legislation development
Class VI - Sept. 22 -  Read Chapters  7 and 8 -  We will be able to describe, in general terms, the implementation of the public phase of the public policymaking process and legisative oversight influence on policy implementation, while describing the role that interest groups play in the features of rulemakeing. 
Class VII - Sept. 29 - Read Chapters 9 -  discussion of Policy modification - and involving distinquishing policy modification from initiation and policymaking as a cyclical process
Class VIII - Oct. 6  -  Research paper presentation and defense -  Final Exam   -  Class Closure

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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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