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Term: 4th term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Provides an overview of public policy issues associated with the organization, financing, and delivery of health services to vulnerable populations and the safety net providers that serve them. Addresses the impact of competitive market forces, financing, organizational subsidies, population factors, and federal, state, and local policies regarding health services. Analyzes (1) public funding programs for vulnerable populations, (2) the relationship between low income populations and policies of managed care organizations, (3) the interdependent roles and effects of federal, state, and local policies on health services for vulnerable populations, and (4) strategies to integrate public and private funding streams to ensure financial viability and survival of safety net providers.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Assess a State and community’s system(s) for organizing and delivering health services for low-income, vulnerable populations, including the role of safety net providers
Analyze existing and proposed Federal and State policies, including legislation and regulations, related to providing access to health care for vulnerable populations
Review and identify the content and features of the nation’s significant financing systems which support health services for low-income, vulnerable populations, including Medicaid and Medicare, as well as other Federal, state and private sources
Formulate a health care practitioner’s strategy and approach to delivering high quality, financially supportable services for populations in need

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation, a midterm, and a final paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail