HC451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces

for S1OO 2012

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HC 451 Hlth Care & the Political Proces


S1OO 2012 WO


Hutton, Angeline E.


Adjunct Faculty


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

Office Location

Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.

Office Hours

9 - 4:30  -  leave message for Hutton basket

Daytime Phone

573-736-5141  - home

Other Phone

573-644-2602  cell -  DO NOT LEAVE A MESSAGE




Semester Dates

18 January through 7 March, 2012

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:  978-1-56793-354-3

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Instructor will furnish current literature, articles and films by PBS -
"Health Care Reform" - "Sick Around the World" and "Dealing with Disaster" 

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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 strongly that the instructor and each student enters into an 8 week parternership to discover, learn, share and understand as much of the material presented in the text book and class as possible.    
This partnership is the direct result of the choice of the adult students that choose this class to advance their knowledge in the administration of Health Care. 
To this end, I will give much energy and attention to providing support and information for discussion and critical thought and will expect each 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 "authoritative 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:
A - 90 -100 points      Total points possible -  400   
B - 80 - 89  points      Class participation -  25%  - 100 points
C - 70 - 79 points       Midterm examination - 25%  - 100 points
D - 60 - 69 points       Research and resulting paper - 20% - 80 points
F - Below 60 points    Final examination - 30% - 120 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 late 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, with out prior discussion and acceptance of reason by instructor. 

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 , completed the assignment and prepared for full partricipation 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 an MLA style, 10 - 12 page research paper on a current medical issue of their choice by week 7 and present the same to class in  Class 7.
CLASS I -  READ CHAPTER  1 - Introductions - housekeeping - Research paper and presentation discussed - students will make decision and declare chapter of choice to study and present.
Students will discuss the definition of Health and Health Policy.  We will describe and discuss categories of Health policies and their use. 
CLASS II - 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
FILM -  "Health Care Reform" 
CLASS III - 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 discribe the concept of corporate citizenship, while providing "real world" examples of organizations using it.  REVIEW FOR MID-TERM. 
CLASS IV -  MIDTERM EXAMINATION -  We will grade exam in class and discuss each question in depth.
CLASS V  - READ CHAPTERS 5 and 6 -  Students will gain the ability to explain the role of Chief Executive in agenda setting at the federal level and describe the involvement of interest groups.    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. 
FILM :  " Dealing with Disaster"
CLASS VI -  READ CHAPTERS  7 and 8 -  We will be able to discribe, in general terms, the implementation of the public phase of the public policymaking process and legislative oversigtht influence on policy implementation, while describing the role that interest groups play in the features of rulemakeing 
CLASS VII - READ CHAPTER 9 -  Discussion of Policy modification
CLASS VIII -  FINAL EXAMINATION   -  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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