HCA 432 Health Care Economics

 

Course Description

Discussion and analysis of the economic models controlling healthcare markets with subsequent investigation of the complex federal, state, and local policies and policy making processes which result from those models in U.S. health care systems.

Required Text

Dewar, D. M. (2010). Essentials of health economics. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. [ISBN-13: 978-0-7637-3797-9] 

Health Economics E-Book                                           Study Guide

Week 1 (December 17-19)

Monday

  1. Review of Economics Principles


Tuesday

  1. Healthcare and Economics

  2. Obamacare


Wednesday

  1. Chapter 1- U.S Health Care Systems

  2. Chapter 2- The Role of Economics

Week 1

Week 1 Assignments

In a 1 - 2 page paper (250 - 500 words) written in APA format  and attached as a Microsoft Word document, please complete the following assignment.


The U.S Census Bureau provides annual statistics related to health insurance. For this assignment, access the U.S Census Bureau: Health Insurance page. 

http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/hlthins/hlthins.html

Under Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011 , click on Report.  In a one page paper, summarize the information that is documented. Conclude your paper with a discussion of what you learned from reading this article.

Instructions for Final (Due Week 4)

Write  a 4 - 5 page (1000 -1250 words) paper on the following topic. Remember to use peer-reviews or scholarly journals.  Follow APA format and  attach as a Microsoft Word document in the Week 4 Final Paper Drop Box.                                                                                              


Investigate the economic impact of the Health Reform Act of 2010. Use the following questions to guide your research: How can the Health Reform Act strengthen the economy? In what ways will it strain the economy? How will it impact  supply and demand? How does the Health Reform Act of 2010 compare to the current systems of Medicare and Medicaid?  How does it differ?

Instructions for the Mid-Term

For HCA 432 every student will be presenting a chapter in the book. Attached is a list of chapters and the guidelines for the assignment: Its first come, first serve. Anyone who is willing to present chapter during the first week will receive extra credit.

This will be considered your library assignment for the class.


HCA 432 Presentation Project.pdf

Discussion Board Question of the Week

In your own words what kind of economic effect will Obama Care have on the US? Think about unemployment, inflation, GDP, productivity etc.


Discussion Board Rubric

Week 2

Week 2 (January 7-9)

Monday

  1. Chapter 3- The Demand for Health

  2. Chapter 4- The Demand for Health Care


Tuesday

  1. Chapter 5- The Market for Health Insurance (Michelle C.)

  2. Chapter 6- Healthcare Production, Costs, and Supply (Nida F.)


Wednesday

  1. Midterm

Week 2 Assignment

In a 1-2  page (250 - 500 words)  paper written in APA format  and attached as a Microsoft Word document, please complete the following assignment.

Visit the website www.healtheconomics.org. Discuss the International Health Economics Association (iHEA). Who are the associated member supporters? What services does it provide? How is the parent-association a potential resource to you as a student and as a healthcare manager/administrator? 

Discussion Board Question of the Week

Physician assistants (PAs) have argued that they have the can provide as much as 70%  of the same medical services provided by primary care physicians at a much lower cost. What are reasons that government regulations limit their ability to work independently of physicians? What would happen to the level of competition in the physician services market if the laws that limit the activities of physician assistants were eliminated? Explain.


Discussion Board Rubric

Week 3 (January  13-17)

Monday

  1. Chapter 7- The Healthcare Workforce Market (Kasandra H.)

  2. Chapter 8- Technology Transfer in Health Care (Marco M.)


Tuesday

  1. Chapter 9- The competitive Market

  2. Chapter 10- Market Failures and the Role of Government


Wednesday

  1. Chapter 11- Socioeconomic Factors (Sandra R.)

  2. Chapter 12- The Hospital Industry

Week 3

Week 2 Assignment

In a 1-2  page (250 - 500 words) paper written in APA format and attached as a Microsoft Word document, please complete the following application assignment.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)  provides facts and figures on pharmaceutical research and drugs in development.  To complete this assignment, go to the PhRMA web site: http://www.phrma.org  On the home page, click on "Publications." Next, on the left hand side, click on "Principles and Guidelines" and then click on "Health Outcomes Research."

Write a one page summary of the article including the purpose, scope, design and application of health outcomes research.  Conclude your summary by discussing what impact this information can have on health economics.


Health Outcomes Research Phrma Assignment.pdf

Discussion Board Question of the Week

What are the reasons for characterizing social problems such  as alcoholism and drug abuse as diseases rather than behavioral disorders? What are the implications of treating other social problems as diseases? What are the implications for the medical care system of the proliferation of these new diseases? Support your answer with appropriate references.


Discussion Board Rubric

Week 4

Week 4 (January  13-17)

Monday

  1. Chapter 13- The Pharmaceutical Industry Victor F.)

  2. Chapter 14- Economic Evaluations


Tuesday

  1. Chapter 15- Comparing Healthcare Systems (Jennifer A.)

  2. Chapter 16- Healthcare Reform (Virgillio I.)


Wednesday

  1. Chapter 17- Public Policy and Health Economic (John H.)

Instructions for Final (Due Week 4)

Write  a 4 - 5 page (1000 -1250 words) paper on the following topic. Remember to use peer-reviews or scholarly journals.  Follow APA format and  attach as a Microsoft Word document in the Week 4 Final Paper Drop Box.                                                                                              


Investigate the economic impact of the Health Reform Act of 2010. Use the following questions to guide your research: How can the Health Reform Act strengthen the economy? In what ways will it strain the economy? How will it impact  supply and demand? How does the Health Reform Act of 2010 compare to the current systems of Medicare and Medicaid?  How does it differ?

Discussion Board Question of the Week

What have you learned? Certainly we want lots of comments in the online course evaluation, but here you have a chance to share with us particular insights and/or challenges you faced in this class that could be helpful to all of us right now.

The general application of the course material to your future career should have been clear throughout the course. How do you see specific ways you can apply this material to your specific career and professional goals?


Discussion Board Rubric