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HAD 519 Health Services and Systems

Health services organizations come in all shapes and sizes.

8 weeks

Health care has long ceased to be an interaction between just a physician and a patient. Today, the U.S. health care system is a massive, $3.8-trillion industry and is changing rapidly due to recent legislation.

Course Overview

The U.S. health care system is very complex. Health care systems and services are often in a state of flux with mergers, acquisitions, technological advances, health reform legislation, and more. Understanding the services and systems will help you manage and navigate the ins and outs of the ever-changing health care industry.

Your Flex Fit

Where does this course fall in your Flex curriculum?
HAD 519 is one of four advanced courses offered within this program’s Health Care Management (HCM) specialization.

You’ll focus on policy, values, and problems within the U.S. health care system, examining the philosophical and political differences within the industry. Along with learning about the historical factors of disease and the various stakeholder groups that treat and profit from disease, you’ll understand the legislative, political, organizational, and professional influences on the industry.

Throughout history, providers, insurers, consumers, businesses, and labor have forged the organization and development of health services and systems in the U.S. Currently, patient care is affected by a number of factors, including medical insurance, scientific advances, managed care, and technology. In this course, you’ll see how these forces can be leveraged to improve health care. 

You’ll gain insight into the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as the need to lower costs, improve quality, and increase access to affordable care in the United States. Technology is revolutionizing the way medical records are gathered, stored, and shared. You’ll examine major historical developments in the evolution of health information technology, along with its benefits, costs, and challenges.

Sample Assignment

During this course, you’ll conduct an on-going Comprehensive Health Services and Systems Analysis (CHSSA) of a health care system and prepare a detailed report of your findings.

You’ll explore how and why health care has expanded beyond hospitals into various models of care, including the recent emergence of ambulatory care models such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and accountable care organizations. You’ll examine hospital emergency services and freestanding non-hospital based health care facilities. You’ll also gain a better understanding of medical education, malpractice insurance, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, preventive medicine, and medical specialties.

You’ll realize the distinctions between employer-based health insurance, private health, managed care, and the HMO movement, as well as how each attempts to control costs.

Better medical care has resulted in improved life expectancy and you’ll learn how an aging population affects the health care system. Social and demographic changes affect the demand for long-term care services, and not just among seniors. You’ll see why cost and quality of long-term care is important and why it has serious future implications, especially for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. You will also come to understand the social and financial barriers to quality care by examining regulations, insurance coverage, and treatment options for mental health services.

Government-supported services are often controversial. You’ll recognize the trends and historical challenges of public health, as well as the ethical issues of medical research.

Sample Course Topics

  • Overview of Health Care: A Population Perspective
  • Benchmark Developments in U.S. Health Care
  • Health Information Technology
  • Hospitals: Origin, Organization, and Performance
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Medical Education and the Changing Practice of Medicine
  • The Health Care Workforce
  • Financing Health Care
  • Long-Term Care
  • Mental Health Services
  • Public Health and the Role of Government in Health Care
  • Research: How Health Care Advances
  • Future of Health Care
Why has resistance to a single-payer concept, used in every other developed country, has continued in the U.S.?

Consider this and more in HAD 519.

What You’ll Learn

In HAD 519, you’ll learn the concepts of health, disease, and illness and see how they serve as the foundation for utilization of health services and the health status of populations.

  • Examine major sectors of the U.S. health services and systems in the continuum of health care delivery.
  • Discuss health outcomes, needs of special populations, and assessing health quality.
  • Analyze major issues confronting health care organizations in the U.S., current political changes, and changes needed to improve and maintain community health.
  • Develop skills, competencies, values, and points of view needed by health service administrators.
  • Appreciate the private, governmental, professional, and economic contributions to the development and operation of the health care system.
  • Explore important challenges of public sector health policy making.
  • Consider the major ethical, economic, professional, and legal issues confronting providers, insurers, and consumers.
  • Identify the special problems of high-risk populations and health system responses.
  • Understand the quality control activities of the current health care system and relate service provider behaviors to legal, ethical, and financial considerations.

Learn More

Through HAD 519, you’ll learn the structures, purposes, differences, and challenges of health care services and systems. For more information about The University of Scranton’s online Master of Business Administration degree, request more information or call us today toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

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